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drumMUSTER is back in Cardinia Shire

Published: 17-04-2013

Cardinia Shire Council will once again hold a drumMUSTER collection as part of their annual program.

From 10am-12pm on Saturday 4 May, agvet chemical users can drop off their clean drumMUSTER-eligible chemical containers at the Cardinia Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham. Over 7,500 drums have been delivered and recycled out of the shire over the past 10 years through drumMUSTER collections.

drumMUSTER Regional Consultant John Knight said 7,500 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 large scale agriculture as some other parts of Victoria.”

“To see hundreds of drums arrive for each collection is a fantastic effort and I would encourage all farmers, pest control operators and turf management organisations to utilise the service provided by Council.”

Cardinia Shire Council Waste Officer Melanie Kerr is pulling the strings once again and will be working hard to ensure everything runs smoothly. She said the Council is ready and looking forward to exceeding last year’s collection results.

“We really want people in our community to do the right thing and bring in their empty, properly washed containers for recycling,” she said.

“There’s no need to call if you want to come along. But if you have more than 100 drums, please book in with our customer service beforehand on 1300 787 624.”
The collection coincides with the Council’s eWaste initiative which is happening at the same time. “Why not be green and bring any unwanted or no longer working electrical items at the same time for recycling” Melanie said.

drumMUSTER Consultant John Knight is reminding everyone to make sure drums are free of chemical residue and are dry before being delivered to the Council. Metal drums should be pierced to assist drying. Plastic drums need to have their labels intact and caps removed. There’s no need to pierce plastic containers.
Between John and Melanie, the message is clear to all, let’s make this year’s event the biggest and best yet. The collection provides a great opportunity to go into the shed or cupboard and clear it out and do something good for the environment at the same time.

Since the inception of the drumMUSTER program in 1999, more than 21 million containers have been collected nationally.

That represents more than 26,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and instead, being recycled into new and useful things like 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 For all local enquiries, get in touch with John Knight on 0427 346 325.