ACRC Announces Search for New Executive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) announced a search for their next executive director. Founded in 1992 to support the needs of the US crop protection industry to steward empty pesticide containers, ACRC is currently supported by 51 member companies and has recycled more than 175,000,000 lbs. of pesticide containers since its inception. They also produce industry guidelines for proper handling and disposal of empty containers and materials collected.

David Stengl, ‎manager of distribution safety/bulk distribution at Bayer and current chairman of the ACRC board said, “In the decades ACRC has been in operation, our organization has never been stronger.  Enormous credit is due to our outgoing Executive Director, Ron Perkins, for his notable work in managing our enterprise and using his keen knowledge of the intricacies in plastic collection and recycling. Ron’s nearly 12 years of dedicated service to ACRC has made a real difference for the long term viability of ACRC. ACRC is poised to excel under the leadership of our next executive director.”

ACRC is closely affiliated with the U.S. crop protection industry association CropLife America (CLA). CLA president and CEO, Jay Vroom noted, ”Although the council’s robust leadership will be a challenging shoe to fill, we are adamant on finding the next executive director to bring valuable expertise to crop protection efforts, and further advance stewardship programs that benefit farms and the environment. We strongly support and encourage farmers and applicators to get involved with the ACRC free recycling program.”

The ACRC search is being managed by the HR department at CLA. Please contact Laisha Dismuke at for more information. The following is a description of what the ACRC executive director position entails.

The Agricultural Container Recycling Council (ACRC) is seeking a motivated individual with a proven business leadership track record to fill their executive director position starting March 1, 2018. The ACRC is a successful non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide solutions for container waste management for pesticide containers in the US markets. The ACRC executive director acts as an ambassador to work collaboratively with board membership of ag chem manufacturers of registered pesticides, recycling contractors and state/national regulatory agencies to support a national packaging waste management program for the ag industry. It is critical that our new executive director has the skills and knowledge necessary to manage a small business, and had successful past performance of building strategic platforms which will allow the ag industry to remain sustainable.

The ACRC Board’s search committee includes David Stengl (Bayer), Kip Landwehr (Land O’Lakes, Inc), Scott Voelker (Monsanto) and Jim Jenkins (Syngenta).

Michael Leary