Pesticide Container Recycling Levels Hit New High for Fourth Straight Year

In 2013 a record 9,147,600 pounds of pesticide containers were collected and recycled. This represents a 2.1 % increase over 2012.  This was the third year in a row that recycling exceeded eight million pounds.  Since 1992 over 142 million pounds of pesticide containers have been collected and recycled as a result of pesticide manufacturing industry funding of the ACRC.
 
California once again led the nation in 2012 with 1,723,701 pounds of containers recycled.  California’s twenty one year total now exceeds 23.8 million pounds.  Washington, Iowa, Mississippi and Texas rounded out the top five in containers recycled in 2013.  Of the 42 states that comprise the ACRC program, 19 reported increases with and 23 reported decreases in total pounds recycled in 2013 compared with 2012. Hawaii was added to the ACRC program in 2013.  Significant increases (greater than 35 percent) were reported for Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  These increases reflect an extraordinary effort by the ACRC contractors, as well as the regulatory agencies, agri-business associations, individual growers, pesticide applicators, and ag retailers in those states.
 
The 2014 ACRC budget funds the collection and recycling of approximately 9.6 million pounds, which, with the continued cooperation and support of the stakeholders referenced above, is an attainable recycling goal.  If you have ideas for ways to improve and expand the recycling efforts in your area, please do not hesitate to contact your ACRC contractor directly or Ron Perkins at 877-952-2272 or email rperkins@acrecycle.org.