Mexico City — Mexico's national plastics industry association is redoubling efforts to achieve zero resin pellet, flake and powder loss in the country.
At a Feb. 7 event, Raúl Mendoza, managing director of Anipac, said the association will triple the number of workshops held every year to promote a plastic-free marine environment.
Anipac (Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico A.C.) has promoted the Plastic Industry Association and American Chemistry Council's Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) largely through workshops. The first took place in 2013 and six more have been held since then, according to Anipac President Aldimir Torres.
"The new global situation obliges us to be more efficient in the use of resources and to protect and take care of the environment," he said in a speech, underscoring Anipac's commitment to the initiative. OCS operates under license in 38 countries outside the United States, according to Perc Pineda, the Plastic Industry Association's chief economist.
"Recent additions include Poland, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia and Ghana," he said in another presentation.
Pineda was one of several speakers at the event, where 11 Mexican companies received diplomas acknowledging their support for OCS, which was launched in 1991.
In Mexico the program is known as Cero Pérdida de Pellets (Zero Pellet Loss).
The 11 companies which received diplomas marking OCS membership, which is renewable every year, are:
? Anguiplast SA de CV.
? Arpema Plásticos SA de CV.
? Braskem Idesa S.A.P.I.
? Carredana de Empaques SA de CV.
? Distribución y Servicios Logísticos SA de CV.
? Dow Química Mexicana SA de CV.
? Katoen Natie Mexicana SA de CV.
? Logística Integral en Transportación SA de CV.
? Organización Brenn S.A. de CV.
? Radici Plastics México S. de R.L. de CV.
? PetStar S.A.P.I. de CV.
PetStar was the only company whose OCS Blue membership was recognized at the ceremony. OCS Blue has VIP status and gives members access to environmental data from across the world.