Mini-Bulk Summit Offers Solutions

A “Mini-Bulk Recycling Summit” will be hosted by the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Nov. 10-11, 2009 at the Airport Marriott Hotel, St. Louis, MO.

“The purpose of the summit includes several points,” says MACA President John McKinney. “First, we want to recognize the significance of unwanted mini-bulk tanks in the distribution channel and get all of the issues on the table related to the rule requirements per the U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). We’ll then review possible solutions and discuss options for dealing with these tanks. We’ll also discuss possible options and communicate to the industry, best practices, for handling these unwanted tanks in an environmentally responsible manner.”

The program includes:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10. A panel presentation on mini-bulks and issues of concern. The panel features Don Bradley, AgData; Marty Fitzpatrick, CropLife America Stewardship Committee; and Dave Hoyt, United Suppliers. They’ll be followed by Nancy Fitz, U.S. EPA OPP, who will review the new mini-bulk container rule requirements which become effective in 2011.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11. An overview of program options including the Illinois Project with Jean Payne and Kevin Runkle, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association; the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) with Ron Perkins; and then other programs featuring distributors.

Throughout the summit, there will be time for Q&A as options are discussed to meet the requirements of the new container rules. To reserve your spot at the meeting, please call the MACA office at 1-800-625-2767 or contact Bonnie McCarvel via email bonnie@maca.org by Nov. 5, 2009. For a complete schedule go to www.maca.org.

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