2023 Great Nurdle Hunt: Sydney and Melbourne

The 2023 Great Nurdle Hunt brought together over 30 participants at Plane Spotters Beach in Botany, Sydney, and 90 participants at Westgate Park along the Yarra River in Melbourne.

With both the plastics industry and Officers from the NSW and Victorian Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) attending, these engagement events are an important opportunity for industry and government to discuss the issue around plastic feedstock loss during transportation and manufacturing, as well as sharing practical solutions that prevent spills of plastic feedstock leaking out of manufacturing sites which causes environmental pollution.

A great turnout from the industry with thanks to the staff of BASF, Viva Energy Community Legends Awards, Iplex Pipelines Australia, TechPlas Extrusions, CLS, Solvay Group, Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia , Indorama Ventures, Plastic Fabrications, Pacific Urethanes, Martogg & Company, Vinidex, Price Plastics, FBT Transwest, Innovia Films, Qenos Botany, Dow, Qube Logistics, SNF, Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia, Mainfreight, Lisam and Chemistry Australia all gathered to collaborate with environmental agencies to discuss plastic feedstock challenges. The focus extended beyond “Nurdle Hunts” to general clean-ups, highlighting a commitment to environmental responsibility.

In Sydney, 16kg of litter was removed, with a plastic feedstock pollution rating of 4. Melbourne saw the removal of 108kg of litter, with a pollution rating of 3.

The Great Nurdle Hunt 10 Year Report has been released, highlighting the impact of local initiatives across the world. We are very excited to be featured in this report as long term participants in this event, having first joined in 2013.  You can read the report here. 

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