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drumMUSTER 2: Return of the drums

Published: 24-08-2012

The Campaspe Shire Council will hold another drumMUSTER Collection Day this year on the back of a widely successful collection in March.

Chemical users are urged to bring in their clean eligible agvet drumMUSTER containers to the Colbinabbin Transfer Station on Cemetery Road, Wednesday 29th August from 9am to 12pm.

More than 3000 drums were returned for collection during the last muster in March. Since first starting drumMUSTER in 2002 the Shire has collected more than 54,000 containers.

Campaspe Shire Council Waste & Environment Support Officer Sue McMahon said farmers are keen and eager about the program.

“One of the local farmers called me to remind us we needed to book dates and organise flyers,” she said. “So they’re very supportive. I think they look forward to it.”

Northern Victoria drumMUSTER Regional Consultant John Knight agreed, saying the region was one of the most supportive of the program out of the entire state.

“The Campaspe region has a very supportive community of local growers who have taken drumMUSTER as their own,” he said.

“The region collected 3000 drums in three hours last year and a very similar number the year before that. Because there’s only a few drumMUSTER’s on the region each year farmers pile up their drums and wait for the right time to bring them.”

John said now is the perfect time to round up your containers and bring them in.

“It’s a great opportunity for farmers to offload those excess drums from the farm as both pre and post emerging spray seasons wind down,” he said.

Once containers are brought in, they are crushed or shredded and transformed into practical items such as plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and cement reinforcing bar chairs.

During its 13 years in operation drumMUSTER has collected more than 19.8 million agvet chemical containers. That’s more than 24,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill.

For all local enquiries, get in touch with John Knight on 0427 346 325.