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drumMUSTER back in Campaspe for 2013

Published: 27-03-2013

The national program for collecting and recycling empty agvet chemical containers is back in the Campaspe region for another collection day.

Chemical users and farmers are urged to bring in their clean and eligible agvet drumMUSTER containers to Lockington Recreation Reserve on Burns Street, Wednesday 17th April from 9am to 12pm.

Last year’s drumMUSTER saw more than 3,000 drums returned for recycling in the first three hours.

Since first starting drumMUSTER in 2002, the Campaspe Shire Council has collected more than 62,000 containers, equating to more than 85 tonnes of waste avoiding local landfills.

Victoria drumMUSTER Regional Consultant, John Knight said containers need to be free of residue and dry before being brought in for inspection on collection day.

“Once containers are brought in, they are crushed or shredded by processors contracted by drumMUSTER,” he said.

“The material is then chipped-up or extruded and transformed into practical items such as plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and cement reinforcing bar chairs.”

Campaspe Shire Council Environment and Waste spokesman, Councilor Greg Toll said he’s looking forward to the drumMUSTER collection.

“We had a decent turn-out last year, but I think we can always improve on what we’re doing,” he said. “This year we’re hoping to get more farmers out to return their drums and do the right thing.”

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 Campaspe area, contact Sue McMahon at the council on (03) 5481 2803 or Victorian Consultant John Knight on 0427 346 325.


Colbinabbin August 2012