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Small town calls on farmers’ drums

Published: 22-03-2013

Mansfield Shire Council has joined up with drumMUSTER and the local CFA to let farmers know there is a way to get rid of their empty agvet chemical containers.

In the past five years, the Maindample CFA has been holding drumMUSTER collection days at the Mansfield Works Depot on behalf of the council.

Twice a year the CFA puts out the call to local growers to bring in their clean and empty chemical drums so they can be collected and recycled into new and useful things again, like plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and pipes.

The firies collect 25 cents from drumMUSTER for each drum they inspect, which goes to much needed equipment and upgrades. So far the CFA has collected nearly 5,000 drums or more than $1,200.

Mansfield Shire Council’s Waste Management Officer, Rebecca Kirley said farmers can show their support for the CFA by simply bringing in their clean and empty containers.

“All farmers have to do is make sure drums are residue free and bring them in for collection on April 8th,” she said.

Victorian drumMUSTER Consultant, John Knight said there are potentially thousands of drums waiting to be picked up in the region.

“Mansfield has a lot of mixed farming in the area, so I’d expect there would be a fair few drums just waiting to be recycled,” he said.

“Not only are farmers helping improve the quality of the land by delivering their containers, they are also supporting the CFA’s limited fund raising efforts.”

The Maindample CFA collection will be held on April 8th from 10am – 2pm at the Mansfield Works Depot on Lakins Road, Mansfield.

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 21 million drums nation-wide. That represents more than 26,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill.

For more information on the next drumMUSTER collection in the Mansfield area, call Rebecca at the council on (03) 5775 8555 or Victorian drumMUSTER Consultant John Knight on 0427 346 325.

For  further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707.