Teesport has become the first port facility to actively address the problem of plastics polluting the country’s waterways, with operatorPD Ports signing up to the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) initiative. The project, which has already seen freight group XPO Logistics come on board, is run in the UK by the British Plastics Federation (BPF), and aims to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve and do not end up in rivers or the ocean.
Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, announced the agreement, while presenting the OCS certificate to PD Ports at a BPF reception at the House of Commons on Monday 10th September. Clarke commented:
“[This] news is a major step forward in the fight against plastic pollution, and will delight the hundreds of my constituents who take part in regular beach cleans at Saltburn and along our local rivers and streams. The British Plastics Federation is doing wonderful work tackling this scourge, and PD Ports deserve great credit for engaging swiftly and decisively as the first UK port to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep.