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drumMUSTER servicing Tasmania’s gourmet growers

Published: 14-10-2013

Two of Tasmania’s newest drumMUSTER compounds that serve some of the state’s best gourmet growers have put out a call for clean and empty eligible containers.

Farmers looking to get rid of their empty agvet chemical containers can use Barretta Waste Management Facility in Margate and Southbridge Waste Transfer Station in Huonville.

Tasmania drumMUSTER Consultant Andrew Winkler said the sites were set up to serve the region’s prestigious wine growers and gourmet farmers on Bruny Island and surrounds.

“Some of the state’s best wine and fruit growers were considered when we were planning the sites a few years ago,” he said.

“Now the sites need support. The drums are out there sitting on properties. All growers need to do is rinse them out and bring them in.”

Andrew said staff at Barretta and Southbridge have been fully trained to inspect and collect drums from local farmers.

“All drums need to be inspected to make sure they’re clean and ready to be recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly way,” he said. “There’s plenty of room at both sites.”

Southbridge collections are held between 10am and 4pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Bookings are essential for large loads. Call 03 6264 8459 to make a booking.

The site can be found three kilometres south of the Huonville Bridge on the Huon Highway.

Barretta collections are held Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.15pm. Weekends and Public Holidays 9am to 4.15pm, on Channel Highway, Margate.

Remember to rinse all drums. Pierce metal drums to allow for better air-flow after rinsing. Plastic drums also need to have lids off before delivering.

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 22 million drums nation-wide. That represents more than 27,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill.

For more information, contact Andrew Winkler on 0405 633 410. For further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707.


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