The aim of this scoping study was to assess how much data was available, and to give a first indication of the number of pellets that might be accidentally released into the wider environment in the UK each year.
The estimates provided in the report are based on a review of previous studies alongside some new information from UK industry. The data available to make these estimates was very limited, and more direct information from industry would be required to get more robust numbers. We would welcome further research including audit, carried out with support from the plastics industry, to monitor pellet spills and observe improvements made by the voluntary Operation Clean Sweep® scheme.
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