(May 24, 2022) Recently, twenty-four employees from Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers, joined forces with the Borough of Marcus Hook to fill a 30-yard dumpster full of trash from areas around Market Memorial Park, the nearby Community Center, surrounding streets and sidewalks and behind the Orlandini Tile Supplies store. In addition, the team of volunteers worked directly in, and along the banks of the Marcus Hook Creek and the nearby wooded area to collect trash that had accumulated among rocks and fallen branches.
Marcus Hook Borough workers worked diligently to remove larger items from the creek banks, which included large treated lumber from docks and telephone poles, large wire cables and plastic sheeting to prevent it from washing back into the channel.
“Braskem is honored to host this event to clean up Market Memorial Park and Marcus Hook Creek, in turn helping prevent waste from reaching the Delaware River. Braskem’s sustainability goals are centered around both people and the planet. It is important to us to contribute to communities where we operate to make a positive impact and progress local development. These opportunities to make our community cleaner so it can be better enjoyed by its members coupled with strengthening relationships with organizations that can help us amplify this sort of impact are critically important to Braskem,” stated Geoff Inch, North America Sustainability Director, Braskem.
The cleanup, held in conjunction with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania Program, prevented trash from being washed into the nearby waterways where it affects water quality and the health and safety of people, animals, and aquatic life.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to keep their communities clean and beautiful. Pick Up Pennsylvania is their premier community improvement program, involving tens of thousands of volunteers each year to pick up litter, plant trees, and other greenery, and paint community structures, among other things.
“We are happy to partner with Braskem to provide support for this important community cleanup and grateful for the municipality and local volunteers who gave up personal time to get wet and dirty to help remove litter and debris from our land and waters,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are always truly amazed at what can be accomplished when the community works together.”
About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s vision is a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has worked with hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state to pick up nearly 152 million pounds of trash from Pennsylvania’s roadways, waterways, greenways, vacant lots, forestlands and other community spaces. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s core programming focuses on litter and illegal dump prevention, cleanup, community greening, and proper waste handling and sustainable practices. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works with many partnering organizations on the state and grassroots level to accomplish our goal of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org
With a global vision of the future-oriented towards people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company’s almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improve people’s lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare, and hygiene, among others. With 41 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and Germany, Braskem exports its products to clients in more than 80 countries.
Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and operations in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa