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drumMUSTER recycling to continue despite threats to council programs

Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program will continue its collaborative operations with local governments nationwide, despite threats to close Queensland’s council waste recycling services.

Following reports of Ipswich City Council’s scrapping of its recycling program, drumMUSTER’s national agricultural container collection services at 816 collection sites, will not be affected.

drumMUSTER program manager, Frank Wimmler, said it’s business as usual for drumMUSTER and the program’s strong alliance with 357 councils, including Ipswich City Council, will continue.

“Councils will continue to offer inspection services for the chemical drums that farmers bring in for recycling,” Mr Wimmler said.

“drumMUSTER is Australia’s longest running agricultural container collection service and we contract recycling processors only in Australia, not offshore.

“To date, drumMUSTER has saved local councils more than $31 million in landfill costs, by collecting and recycling in excess of 31 million drums.

“This means our program is integral to council functions and assists communities in keeping their land and waterways free of waste.

“Our high inspection standards mean recycling processors in Australia are happy to accept our plastic and metal containers, which in turn are used to re-manufacture high quality products used in construction, agriculture and in landscaping.”

There are currently four drumMUSTER collection sites operating near Ipswich and west of Brisbane, and these sites will continue to accept eligible agricultural containers.

To find out your nearest collection site visit drummuster.org.au/find-a-collection-site or call 1800 008 707.