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Plastic Pellets - Requirements for an Industry Register

Plastic pellets, powders and flakes have been identified as a significant source of plastic pollution both on beaches and in the oceans. 

These small pieces of plastic are used to make virtually all our plastic products. They can easily be spilt during production, manufacturing or transport and if they aren’t clear up properly can end up polluting our environment. 

Zero Waste Scotland commissioned this report to support the Scottish Government’s Plastic Pellet Loss Steering Group. Previous work has identified an industry register as an important element of a system where supply chains are handling pellets responsibly and effectively to prevent their loss to the environment.

Following consultation with stakeholders, this report identifies the essential and desirable requirements of an industry register, which would allow companies that pass approved pellet handling standards to be recognised.

Read the Plastic Pellets - statement of requirements for an industry register report

About the author

Zero Waste Scotland commission Peter Malley to research and prepare this report on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Pellet Loss Steering Group. The author has 39 years of experience in the Chemical Industry and has a detailed understanding of the plastic supply chain having held a number of senior logistics roles related to the handling and transport of plastic pellets for large International companies. The author has extensive contacts within the industry and was an industry representative on the Plastic Pellet Steering Group.

Plastic pellet steering group

In 2018, the Scottish Government established a steering group with the purpose of exploring how best to maximise pellet loss prevention. The steering group comprises of representatives from businesses, environmental organisations, regulators, standards organisations, officials and industry bodies.


We would like to thank all the organisations who contributed to the development of this report.

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