HILLIARD, Ohio – Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) (NYSE: WMS), a leading global manufacturer of water management products announced that it has become a Blue Level Member of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS), the international program to reduce plastic resin loss into the environment. Joining this program is consistent with its core values and leadership in sustainable operations.
“We are honored to be part of this important effort to prevent plastic waste from entering the environment,” stated Scott Barbour, President, and CEO of ADS. “This includes all the steps of our manufacturing process and underscores our commitment to best practices in facilities management and operations, including responsible resin handling and pellet containment from raw material delivery, to manufacturer of the finished product.”
“During the past several years we have increased ADS’ commitment to sustainability. Our recently announced 10-year sustainability goals are built around our motto, “Our Reason is Water”. These goals include a commitment to increasing our use of recycled plastic to 1 billion pounds, doubling our consumption over the next ten years. Being part of Operation Clean Sweep and following its procedures and best management practices, many of which we already have in place, will enhance our position as a good steward of responsible plastics usage in the community.”
OCS is a joint program of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) that is designed to strengthen efforts to educate and change behavior in the plastics industry with a goal of zero plastic resin loss.
“Reaching the OCS Blue Program Level is a great achievement within the plastics industry,” stated Patrick Krieger, Vice President, Sustainability, PLASTICS. “This accomplishment reflects a company’s commitment to eliminate plastic resin loss by conducting site audits, increasing employee awareness, and improving processes and procedures at their facilities. We applaud Advanced Drainage Systems, and its numerous participating facilities, for making this commitment to keeping these materials out of the environment.”
ADS, founded in 1966, makes single and dual wall, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene pipe including ADS N-12® HDPE pipe, HP Storm and SaniTite® polypropylene pipe, StormTech Chambers, INSERTA TEE® and other fittings, Nyloplast® Drain Structures plus geosynthetic fabrics and grids. Its products are used in construction, infrastructure and agriculture projects. ADS is the second largest plastic recycling company in North America and its products that protect water keep millions of pounds of plastic out of landfills each year. Additional information can be found at www.adspipe.com.