CLA Welcomes Mark Hudson As New ACRC Executive Director

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) announced Mark Hudson as the new executive director. Mark succeeds ACRC’s previous executive director, Ron Perkins, who retired at the end of February after successfully leading the council for the past 10 years.

David Stengl, ‎manager of distribution safety/bulk distribution at Bayer and current chairman of the ACRC board said, “It is with great pleasure that we announce Mark Hudson as our new executive director. His robust background in diverse management positions and proven track record of effective leadership is a critical prerequisite to collaborate with members, recycling contractors and state/national regulatory agencies for the implementation of a national packaging waste management program.” He continued, “We are eager to hit the ground running with Mark, and discuss new approaches and ideas to advance the council’s mission.”  

ACRC is closely affiliated with the U.S. crop protection industry association, CropLife America (CLA). CLA President and CEO, Jay Vroom expressed, “We are pleased to welcome Mark as the new executive director at ACRC, as our collaborative work together as industry-leading organizations has always been fruitful and contributive to our shared initiatives. ACRC was founded inside of CLA by CropLife members and has been, throughout its successful history, the leading stewardship platform of our industry.” He continued, “I believe that Mark has the necessary know-how to build strategic platforms in a small business and move the needle to advance crop protection efforts, while furthering stewardship programs that benefit farms and the environment.”

Prior to joining ACRC, Mark oversaw all operations as general manager at Tri Rinse, Inc., in Saint Louis, MO -- a leading manufacturing and stewardship services provider to agricultural chemicals and seed industry, with business units including seed bin management, formulation and packaging, industrial tank cleaning and container recycling. In total, he brings 26 years of leadership in Fortune 50, as well as small to mid-sized companies.

Founded in 1992 to support the needs of the U.S. crop protection industry to recycle 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. As part of its stewardship focus, ACRC produces industry guidelines for proper handling and disposal of empty containers and materials collected.

Sarah Macedo