Meet The ACRC Contractors!

Meet the ACRC Contractors!
The ACRC currently has six contractors that provide pesticide container recycling services in 43 states.  While some are relatively new, one contractor has provided services since the beginning of the program in 1992.  We’re proud of the exemplary service that they provide and thought that you might like to learn a little bit about their backgrounds and interests.

Ari-Plas was recently awarded the contract to service the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  Agri-Plas had been a sub-contractor for the ACRC program, servicing Western Oregon for 12 years.   Dari Jongsma is President and co-owner of Agri-Plas.  Dari was born and raised in Ontario, California.  Dari and her husband, Allen founded Agri-Plas 20 years ago to recycle waste plastic, primarily from agricultural sources in California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Agri-Plas is located in Brooks, Oregon and facilities include four buildings that house plastic processing and recycling equipment, and storage space. 

Allen Jongsma is a co-owner and Vice President of Agri-Plas.  Born and raised on a dairy in Cerritos, California, Allen understands the needs of the farmer to have an end-of-life outlet for the plastic packaging products that are ever present in their daily activities. 
Allen and Dari are excited about the opportunity to expand the Agri-Plas/ACRC plastic recycling programs in the Northwest, providing more opportunities to capture the valuable plastic in pesticide jugs and drums. It is their desire to provide the highest level of services practicable to agricultural based businesses that provide the food sources for this nation.
CSN, LLC is the ACRC contractor for fifteen Midwest states.  Gary Glickman is President of CSN, LLC.  Gary graduated in 1988 from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree.  After obtaining his degree, he began working for the family’s industrial packaging reconditioning and distribution business. The company recycled plastic, steel and fiber containers while distributing finished containers throughout the SE United States. The company was acquired by Industrial Container Services (ICS) in 2011 where he is the current Facility Manager of their Greenville, SC operations.

In 2007, CSN was awarded the ACRC contract for the Midwest Region to provide recycling of pesticide containers in 15 States.  In 2010, and again in 2013, CSN was retained by the ACRC as the ACRC contractor for the Midwest Region.  ACRC has helped establish CSN as a sustainable and premier container recycler in the Midwest with over 550 collection locations within the region.

Interstate Ag Plastics, Inc.
Interstate Ag Plastics (IAG) is the ACRC contractor for California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Brad Bittleston is the President of IAG.  Brad graduated in 1996 from California Poly Technical State University in San Luis Obispo California with a degree in Agricultural Business and a Minor degree in Crop Science.  After College he obtained his Commercial Pilot’s license with an instrument rating and entered into his family’s business known as Vince Crop Duster and flew as an aerial applicator for ten years.  Brad also manages his family’s farm in Buttonwillow, CA where they grow almonds, alfalfa, cotton and corn.

In 2006 Brad formed Interstate Ag Plastics and was awarded an Ag Container Recycling Council contract to recycle triple rinsed pesticide containers in California and Arizona.  IAG was awarded subsequent contracts in 2009 and 2012. The company is now regarded as the premier recycler of triple rinsed pesticide containers from 1 quart to 55 gallon drums for the agricultural industry in the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona. The pesticide container collection and recycling infrastructure developed by Interstate Ag Plastics in these states includes over 350 public and private collection sites.

MKC Plastics
MKC Plastics has been the ACRC contractor for the state of Arkansas for seven years.  Larry and Kathy Cupp are co-owners. Kathy was born in Kansas City, Mo.   She lived 6 years in Savonburg, KS before moving to Paragould, AR.  Before starting MKC Plastics, Kathy, as an RN, was Director of Home Health at Arkansas Methodist Hospital.  When not traveling around Arkansas grinding pesticide containers Kathy enjoys quilting, machine embroidery and sewing. 

Larry was born & raised in Paragould, AR. Establishing MKC Plastics, Larry was a full time driver of a pumper truck for the Paragould Fire Department.  In his spare time Larry enjoys tending his  2 acre garden including sorghum for making his own pure sorghum syrup and, of course, making ice cream.
Larry and Kathy love traveling the state of Arkansas, enjoying its natural beauty. They are blessed to have seven grandchildren, and enjoy watching them show their FFA & 4-H animals, and playing baseball and softball.

It should be noted that Larry and Kathy started collecting and grinding pesticide containers 20-plus years ago as an FFA project with one of their son’s classmates in 1990.  They are still connected to the Green County Tech High School FFA (GCT-FFA) and donate a portion of their fee from the ACRC to the group for scholarships. As a result, over the last 10 years, the GCT-FFA has given over $250,000 in scholarships to agricultural students who are now becoming leaders serving the agricultural community across the nation.

State of Montana
The ACRC has contracted with the State of Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) to provide pesticide container recycling services since 2011.  Carli Lofing, MDA Pesticide Disposal/Recycling & Education Specialist, manages the program for the state.

Carli was born and raised on a farm/ranch in Columbus, MT; a small rural community of about 1500 people located about 40 miles west of Billings.  Prior to working for the MDA, Carli worked for the Montana State Seed Testing Lab, where she tested a variety of seed for purity and germination. Carli loves fishing and the outdoors and this is how she spends most of her free time in summer or winter! 
Carli enjoys her job, knowing that compliance with ANSI/ASABE Standards for Pesticide Container Recycling required by the ACRC will ensure that pesticide containers are always handled throughout the recycling process in a manner that has a positive impact on the environment.
USAg Recycling, Inc.
USAg Recycling, Inc. is the ACRC contractor for nineteen states in the southwest, southeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Sam Gibson is President and CEO.  Sam was born in Trinity, Texas, and graduated from High School in Livingston, TX in 1964.  After attending Blinn College he joined the US Navy in 1966 and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.  He spent 9 ½ years in the Navy and made 5 tours to Viet Nam on Navy Destroyers assigned to aircraft carrier groups.

When Sam got out of the Navy he went to work for Rollins Environmental Services, operator of the largest hazardous waste incinerator in the US.  In 1989 Sam left Rollins and invested in and became Facilities Manager of Technical Environmental Services (TES).  In 1991 Sam started SCT Environmental Services, which later became USAg Recycling, Inc., with the sole purpose of collecting and recycling plastic pesticide containers.

In 1992 SCT became one of the first contractors to sign a contract with the newly formed non-profit organization, the Agricultural Container Research Council (ACRC).  SCT’s original service area was 27 states that ran from CA to FL and up the Eastern seaboard to Maine. Today USAg is the only one of the original ACRC contractors, and remains committed to providing a much needed and valuable service to the agricultural community through an exemplary industry sponsored stewardship program. The one thing that Sam would like people to know about himself is that he has deep-rooted core principles based on God, family and country.