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EuPC contributes to Commission’s call for evidence on unintentionally released Microplastics

The European Commission has issued a call for evidence for its initiative to reduce the presence of microplastics unintentionally released into the environment.


The Commission was looking for comments on the three main sources of microplastics:

  • tire abrasions;

  • plastic pellet losses; and

  • synthetic textiles.

EuPC and EuMBC (European MasterBatch and Compounds producers, the European Masterbatchers and Compounders), a sector group of the EuPC, have made their contribution to the call for evidence by providing brief insights into Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) – an industry wide effort to tackle pellet losses in the environment by promoting best practices and providing guidance and tools to support companies from the plastic value chain in the implementation of the necessary pellet loss prevention measures.


In 2020, EuPC and PlasticsEurope committed to jointly develop an Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) EU certification scheme aimed at controlling and documenting compliance with requirements targeting minimization of pellet loss across the entire plastic supply chain.


Commission aims to collect adequate information to develop measures to combat the release of microplastics along with labelling, standardization & certifications.

The European Commission expects to adopt the proposal on this initiative in the last quarter of 2022. Commission’s impact assessment following the call for evidence will be open for public consultation in Q1-2022.

For more information, please contact Kailas Naresh (kailas.naresh@eupc.org).

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