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Time to clean up your agvet chemical containers

Published: 29-06-2012

Cardinia Shire Council residents looking to clean up their properties can take advantage of the upcoming drumMUSTERcollection at the Tynong Shire Depot, 47 Nar Nar Goon-Longwarry Road in Tynong on Thursday 12 July, from 10am to 12pm midday.

With a lull in activity through the winter period, now is a good time to gather up used chemical containers and dispose of them in a practical way.

drumMUSTER was first established in 1998 and works in conjunction with local councils to arrange the collection and recycling of containers at their tips, waste transfer sites and council depots, so  getting involved is easy.

Once collected, the containers are shredded and transformed into practical items such as plastic cable covers and cement reinforcing bar chairs.

This ever-evolving national industry stewardship service has kicked plenty of goals for the environment, taking in well over 19.3 million containers and in turn keeping nearly 24,000 tonnes of hazardous materials from being buried or burnt. Regionally, there have been 35,000 containers collected for recycling in the Tynong region.

drumMUSTER Regional Consultant John Knight encourages all local chemical users to play their part in the nation-wide clean-up scheme by bringing in their agvet containers during the upcoming collection periods.

Cardinia Shire Council Waste Management Services Coordinator Misty Johannsen also urged locals to do their bit.

“We’re encouraging all farmers and users of farm chemicals to utilise this service. It helps to ensure recycling is maximised and container waste is reduced in and around properties and not sent to landfill,” she said.

“We are hoping to exceed previous quantities collected in this collection.  Remember, the drums need to have a drumMUSTERlogo and rinsed correctly.”

Misty said the council is committed to reducing waste to landfill and this is a great way for the community to help achieve this.

For any further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to