Minimum requirements for a plastic pellet handling standard


A well-designed supply chain certification scheme for pellet management is the most effective way to address pellet loss. Auditable technical standards for pellet handling and management will form the core of a supply chain certification scheme, allowing independent verification of good practice by all sectors in the supply chain.

Pellet pollution is the second largest source of direct microplastic pollution to the ocean and is known to cause serious harm to marine biodiversity. Pellet loss can occur at every stage of the supply chain: pellet production (including recycled pellets), transport, storage, and conversion into plastic products. It is widely accepted that a well-designed supply chain certification scheme for good pellet management is the most effective way to address pellet loss (as suggested, for example, in the European Commission’s European strategy for plastics in a circular economy).

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