Ocean bound plastic neutrality subprogram

This certification subprogram allows plastic product producers or users to make claim about the OBP Neutrality of their products, production facilities, brands… This subprogram also allows organizations collecting and treating non-commercially recyclable OBP to issue and sell third party verified OBP Credits for the work they have performed. The program certifies the full neutralization process chain with 2 standards : the OBP Neutralization Services Provider Standard which covers the collection and waste management of the non recyclable OBP, and the OBP Plastic Producers & Users Standard which covers the compensation of the plastic footprint.

Note:  Zero Plastic Oceans (the standard setter) is not acting in the plastic neutrality field (not selling nor generating OBP Credits) so that we remain independent and non conflicted. This standard is to be used by organizations offering Plastic Neutrality services in order to have their services third party certified.

Scope of the certification

The key requirements of the OBP Certification for the Recycling Subprogram are:

International social and environmental standards are implemented all along the value chain of plastic collection, transformation, and disposal, including no child labor, fair working conditions, fair payments to the waste pickers and adequate waste management.

The origin of the collected plastic waste as OBP, and additional options such as Shoreline OBP or Waterways OBP.

The traceability all along the supply chain, covering collection, preparation, treatment (disposal or valorization). (following example shows the traceability along the value chain applying the Identity Preserved Model for the OBP Neutrality Subprogram)

Optionally, the Standard permits source declaration for the OBP which can be traced back to a specific river, coastline or city for example.

OBP Credit mechanism

The Ocean Bound Plastic Neutrality model is focusing on removing non-commercially recyclable OBP from the environment. The work of collecting this OBP and treating it (Valorization or adequate landfilling) is done by organizations certified under the OBP Neutralization Services Provider Standard.

These organizations, once they have performed the job, send evidence of it to the certification body and to ZPO. Upon approval they are allowed to issue a batch of OBP Credits and given a Neutralization Certificate. The issuance of OBP Credits and its validation is publicly registered by ZPO for total transparency.

The OBP Credits are then sold to companies willing to offset their plastic usage footprint. When OBP Credits are “used” by the buyer to make a claim, these OBP Credits become retired.

OBP Credit issuance and retirement information are available on the OBP Neutrality Registry page.

Buyers of OBP Credits may also be certified under the OBP Plastic Producers & Users Standard so that the Neutralization Claim they make is verified and customer are also ensured that they or their subcontractors respect international social and environmental standards.

getting certified – further information

Certifications are given by approved certification bodies

To be certified you shall contact one the approved certification bodies from the list available at this page. The certification body is an independent third party that will verify your compliance to our standards and upon successful audit of your organization will deliver you the certificate for the scope you have chosen to certify.

More information

You can check all the certification documents on our document center you can also reach out to us and we will happily guide you through the best way to get certified.