About ACRC

ACRC Is Celebrating 29 Years of Product Stewardship in 2021

Program Summary

The ACRC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association that works to facilitate the collection and recycling of one-way rigid HDPE plastic agricultural crop protection, animal health, specialty pest control, micronutrient, biologicals, fertilizer, and/or adjuvant product containers. This is done through member funding of cost-effective programs that fosters public health and safety, environmental protection, resource conservation and end-user convenience.

The ACRC is fully funded by our member companies and affiliates that formulate, produce, package, and distribute crop protection and other pesticide products.

If you have any questions about our work or wish to become an ACRC member, please contact us.

Implemented in 1993, this 1st in the nation industry stewardship program will celebrate its 29th year in 2021! The recycling of 227,000,000 lbs. of pesticide containers has resulted in:

Saved more than 1,135,000 cubic yards of landfill space

Reduction of 99,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent

Energy savings equal to 47,600,000 gallons of gasoline

The equivalent of 63,700 households’ annual energy consumption

Our History

The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association, was incorporated on February 3, 1992, originally with the name Agricultural Container Research Council. It was formed with the primary goal being to promote the interests of manufacturers, formulators or packagers of various agricultural chemical products distributed in containers, by conducting research regarding potentially acceptable uses of recycled container plastic and developing and supporting a collection and recycling program for empty, properly-rinsed agricultural chemical containers. The founding members of ACRC were:

  • Monsanto Agricultural Company
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • ICI Agricultural Products
  • DowElanco
  • Rhone-Poulenc AG Company
  • Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation
  • DuPont Agricultural Products
  • FMC Corporation
  • Rohm and Haas Company
  • CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
  • United Agri Products

While the Council’s original scope of containers was crop protection, micronutrient, fertilizer and adjuvant products, the scope has since been broadened to include all agricultural chemicals, including animal health, specialty pest control and biologicals. The Council is currently comprised of 33 regular member companies and 19 affiliate member companies.