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Keen Cardinia holds another drumMUSTER

Published: 26-10-2012

Cardinia Shire Council will once again hold a drumMUSTER this Saturday to follow up on the successful collection at Tynong in July.

From 10am -12pm residents can drop off their empty agvet chemical containers on Saturday 27th October at the Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham.

Records were broken at Tynong Shire Depot’s last collection after more than 760 were drums brought in from local farmers and chemical users, nearly 300 more than the last collection in 2011.

More than 7000 drums have come out of the shire in the 10 years it’s been with drumMUSTER.

drumMUSTER Regional Consultant John Knight said 7000 drums isn’t a bad effort for a shire on the fringes of a major metropolitan city.

“There’s a lot of horticulture in this region, which means plenty of drums,” he said. “But given the close proximity to Melbourne it doesn’t have as much agriculture as some other parts of Victoria.

“To see hundreds of drums come in is a fantastic effort.”

The national recycling program has had a successful year so far, after collecting 20 millionth drum nation-wide last month.

That represents more than 25,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and in turn being recycled into new and useful things again, like plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and cement reinforcing bar chairs.

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 further information contact the Council on 1300 787 624

drumMUSTER has reminded everyone to make sure drums are free of chemical residue and are dry before being collected. Metal drums should be pierced to allow better airflow for drying. Plastic drums need to have caps removed with their labels on. There’s no need to pierce plastic containers.

For any further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to For all local enquiries, get in touch with drumMUSTER Consultant John Knight on 0427 346 325.

26 October 2012