It isn't surprising that individual resin pellets are very tricky items to keep track of.
Even companies following every recommendation of Operation Clean Sweep, doing their best to seal off any point where pellets can slide out from gaylords or zip past filter systems, must know that a small minority of them still leak out from the manufacturing floor.
While there are bad actors out there who simply ignore pellet protocols, I think the majority of firms do their best but still struggle.
As PN's Steve Toloken writes, PolyJohn Enterprises Corp. — the self-proclaimed world's second-largest maker of portable toilets — has invested more than $100,000 on new equipment and staff to try and prevent spills into Lake George from its Whiting, Ind., plant.
But since pellets were first spotted at Lake George in 2020, continued scrutiny by the state has turned up other pellets and, just last month, gray rotomolding powder. The company handles 18 million pounds of resin each year, and if only a very, very small perentage of that escapes, it's still too much.
"The goal is zero, absolutely," Chief Operating Officer Sam Cooper said. "We cannot let our material leave the property. It's not being a good neighbor to the community."