The Dookie Lions Club say they will be fully committed to their new duties as drumMUSTER inspectors after members voted unanimously to start collecting empty agvet chemical containers.
The newest addition to the drumMUSTER family will receive 25 cents for each drum they inspect from local farmers and chemical users around the region.
The club’s secretary Bruce Larcombe said the club will donate the funds to different organisations such as local community groups and projects, along with selected national and international Lions projects.
Bruce said he’s expecting a huge turnout when they get things up and running.
“There’s a need for drumMUSTER in the area where there’s a lot of cropping,” he said. “Plus it’s another avenue for fundraising.”
“I’m an agronomist so I work in the industry. I know how valuable the program is to farmers.”
Bruce said the club had tried to get the program up and running a few years ago but became stuck when trying to find a suitable place to store the drums for recycling.
“This time it was helped by a member who put their hand up to store drums on his property,” Bruce said. “Once we found somewhere to put them it was great.”
“As most of the club members work full time collection days will be limited, although with a couple of retired members and some promised help from outside the club, we hope we can have some weekday receivables.”
Bruce said the club had purchased an old stock crate to store the collected drums and hopes to buy a second one.
drumMUSTER’s Victorian Consultant John Knight will now train the club in how to properly inspect drums for recycling.
“It is hoped most of the club members will be able to do the training, along with 1 or 2 outside the club. Hopefully there will be 10-12 trained to do the inspections,” Bruce 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.
For any further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to www.drummuster.com.au. For all local enquiries, get in touch with drumMUSTER Consultant John Knight on 0427 346 325.