Syngenta and container recycling: an environmental responsibility for all
To help customers manage recyclable product containers, Syngenta is proud to partner with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), a complimentary recycling retrieval program for Syngenta product containers. Syngenta has partnered with the council for more than two decades to help customers properly dispose of product containers while keeping their properties, work spaces and the environment safe.
“With the recent focus and understanding of the environmental impacts of plastic pollution, many companies are looking for solutions to reduce their environmental footprint. Syngenta has been on the forefront of this concern for over 20 years. When we recycle used plastic containers through the program, it ensures that our containers are recycled in a way doesn’t pollute waterways and our oceans. Responsibly recycling plastic containers eliminates the possibility that they could be burned or placed into landfills,” said Scott Birchfield, North American environmental stewardship manager at Syngenta. “Making new plastic products from the used containers replaces raw materials needed to produce new plastics, saving oil resources and energy while avoiding other potential environmental impacts.”
For Syngenta customers, participating in the program is as simple as it is rewarding. Here’s how:
- Ensure agricultural, professional and commercial containers are completely empty, thoroughly rinsed and dried.
- Remember and communicate: CLEAN means CLEAN with no residue seen!
- Locate the nearest ACRC location by calling the ACRC at 1-877-952-2272 or by visiting ACRecycling.org. The ACRC handles agricultural container recycling activities in 46 states across the country.
- Take the container to the nearest collection location.
After collection, containers are shipped to ACRC contractor facilities to be ground up, thoroughly washed and sold by ACRC contractors to approved end users to be repurposed into ACRC approved non-consumer products. The program provides easy access to responsible recycling for over 3.5 million pounds of Syngenta plastic containers per year at no cost to customers.
Syngenta also provides no-cost recycling for used plastic pesticide containers that can’t be managed through the ACRC program. This program recycles over 1 million additional pounds of used plastic annually.
“Giving customers the opportunity to participate in a dedicated recycling program with the product manufacturer ensures that we all know exactly where this material is going,” said Stephanie Neese, national bulk equipment specialist at Syngenta. “Customers want to keep their places of business tidy by removing decommissioned containers while knowing where these plastics are going. We give them an easy way to do both.”
Syngenta recognizes the importance of sustainability and is committed to providing customers with simple ways to contribute to a healthier environment. From proper application to mindful disposal, we encourage all customers to participate in environmental stewardship.
“Because this program is complimentary, participation is easy and helps customers achieve their environmental goals,” said Birchfield. “We all want to do everything we can to ensure our environmental footprint is as small as possible.”
For more information about the program, visit Agrecycling.org.
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