Kansas City Southern (KCS) has formally joined the global network of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)—the Plastic Industry Association and American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division’s campaign to reduce pellet, flake and powder loss for greater product stewardship and environmental protection. OCS aims to reach all aspects of the plastics industry and is being adopted globally through the Global Declaration of Solutions to Marine Litter.
Specific initiatives now underway in the U.S. and Mexico include development of a transload environmental compliance evaluation program for facilities on KCS property; incorporation of OCS Best Management Practices into the company’s storm water pollution prevention training; and referencing the OCS Program Manual in future plastics transload agreements.
“As a transportation provider, this is an important initiative and a direct way that KCS can work toward eliminating plastic waste in the environment,” said KCS EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Naatz. “We are committed to adopting and implementing the Operation Clean Sweep® program of best management practices to reduce pellet, flake and powder loss for the protection of the environment.”
“As part of KCS’ Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Commitment Statement, we affirm, to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, shareholders and the public, our commitment to safe, healthy, and secure operations,” said KCS EVP and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Songer.