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Introducing the Prevented Ocean Plastic programme Standards

By November 11, 2022February 15th, 20248 Comments

The first part of the Prevented Ocean Plastic Standards have been signed by some of the world’s best recyclers.

On the ground in Cairo, where COP 27 is now underway, representatives from across the industry assembled to ratify and sign up to the Prevented Ocean Plastic Recycler Standards. These go beyond basic regulatory and compliance measures to establish industry-leading criteria designed to minimise environmental impact, ensure quality product, and improve worker conditions. 

The Prevented Ocean Plastic Programme has aimed to raise standards and make an ever more positive impact on people and the planet since its inception. But there is always more that can be done to support positive change. 

The first part of these innovative standards extend to a network of recyclers but will soon go beyond our direct supplier relationships and further down the supply chain than others in the industry to include indirect suppliers at collection centres. They will also include often overlooked areas of business such as social and worker associated requirements.

Our aim was to create Standards that looked at practical areas alongside ethical trading. By including collection centres, which are further down the supply chain and have traditionally not been included in data-gathering, we will soon be able increase traceability and raise both the quality of the product and working conditions in the supply chain.

The Recycler Standards were developed in accordance with ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) basecode and are informed by the Code of Good Practice developed by ISEAL, as well as Bantam Materials’ Good Manufacturing Practices and best-in-class traceability. Created in consultation with industry experts and over 70 leading businesses, they were designed to meet the needs of the world’s best recyclers while setting the rules, guidelines and characteristics for organisations participating in the Prevented Ocean Plastic Programme– including the new Prevented Ocean Plastic Africa programme.

All our partner recyclers will need to comply with the Standards in the future, and the Prevented Ocean Plastic logo, which appears on packaging, will be the symbol that these Standards have been applied. 

This work builds on guidance that is already in place for our partners, solidifying ways of working and making it easier for us to expand the programme in the future. Ongoing, the Standards will be the backbone of the Prevented Ocean Plastic Programme, driving culture change within the recycling industry throughout the supply chain. It will also act as the onboarding process for new suppliers and ensure consistency in gathering data across geographies. Third parties will monitor compliance with the standards across our supply chain. 

The Prevented Ocean Plastic standards were first signed in Egypt this week but will soon be rolling out across our supply chain and around the world. 

Prevented Ocean Plastic is a pioneering plastic recycling company developing locally customized sorting and collection infrastructure to underserved communities across the world. We are committed to strengthening the supply chain and scaling solutions for the management of plastic waste in the country. We provide high quality traceable recycled plastic to global markets to drive environmental, social and economic value from the bottle collector to the end consumer.