A legislated supply chain approach

The supply chain approach includes managing the movement of materials from the start to the end of a process. Legislation is required because voluntary schemes are not working (Evidence). Companies could be required by law to prove good practice through standards and certification schemes. Brands and retailers putting plastic products on the market could be required to prove that they have been produced in certified supply chains.


Legislation makes a level playing field for industry, reaching all companies. Using certification as a tool for legislation improves industry buy-in and focuses on prevention. It doesn’t rely on spotting or tracing back pollution incidents.


There is currently no working example of a scheme for pellets that legislation can be based on, making policymakers hesitate. Again, this system is only ever as good as the standard and certification scheme it is based on – it needs to be well-designed from the outset.

Current Activity

EU level : The European commission have not finalised a plan for pellets after a consultation earlier in 2022. It is anticipated that there will be an announcement  on their decision early 2023. One of the options proposed is a legislated supply chain approach. Click here for the latest update.


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Supply chain approach

Scottish Government – Preventing plastic pollution from pellet loss: supply chain approach 2020 – Report

Summary of work commissioned on behalf of the Scottish Government Plastic Pellet Loss Steering Group

Fidra – How do we tackle plastic pollution from global pellet loss? – Supply Chain Approach – Leaflet

All companies handling pellets should take full responsibility of the pellets they handle

BSI Specification for Plastic Pellets PAS510

PAS510:2021 sets out requirements for the handling and management of plastic pellets, flakes and powders throughout the supply chain to prevent spills, leaks and loss to the environment