17 September 2018

HMC Assists Coastal Cleanup

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On International Coastal Cleanup Day (September 15th) HMC Polymers participated along with other local companies and community groups in the Rayong coastal area to clean the beach and surrounding areas of accumulated rubbish littering the coastline.

That rubbish included items such as cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles, grocery bags, straws, take-away containers, plastic lids and foam packaging. 95 HMC employees and 40 HMC customers donated their time to cleaning up a designated stretch of coastline and HMC management thanks them sincerely for their considerable effort to assist this worthy initiative.

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed women in the USA, Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara, the author of the ground-breaking report called Plastics in the Ocean.




In 1986 they reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers across the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.


Last year in Thailand 4,041 people participated in the programs across 57 km of coastline and collected 57,474 individual items of trash spoiling the beaches and surrounds, with a combined weight of 9,663 kg. When the results of this year's effort are tabulated, the extent and volume of the clean up is expected to be larger than ever before, as it has been each  year since the program started.

As detailed in recent HMC news reports, the company is committed to scientifically sound initiatives supporting progress toward a sustainable future and is engaged in partnerships with industry, government, regulators and the public to promote progress through collaboration and work towards a circular economy for plastics utilizing the essential elements widely accepted as the 4-Rs:

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Recover.

Each element is a critical component of an overall solution to the global problem of plastics waste. This is a mounting problem and the levels of water-borne rubbish are now at crisis levels indicating a critical need for improvements in collection and programs to improve public awareness.

The 4-Rs strategy is built on the reality that plastics make a positive contribution to lifestyle and significantly reduce emissions of green house gases versus alternatives, bringing enormous value to modern society. The circular economy approach which has been successfully adopted in many European countries leverages the use of valuable resources, minimises waste and focuses towards greener outcomes by adopting the 4-R’s strategy with participation from industry, regulators and the public.

HMC Polymers, firmly believes there are tangible and realistic solutions to the plastics environmental problem that will assist industries that utilise plastics, and the consumers worldwide that benefit from their many advantages, to move forward together sustainably.