The national program for the recycling of agvet chemical containers used by farmers and chemical users around Australia is celebrating a new milestone during National Recycling Week.
Earlier this year, drumMUSTER collected its 22 millionth drum after successfully collecting more than 2 million containers over the past year.
Australia’s only agricultural and veterinary chemical container recycling scheme has helped prevent more than 27,000 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill during the last 14 years.
Once the material is collected it is either crushed or shredded and transformed into things like plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and pipes.
drumMUSTER’s National Program Manager Allan McGann said the program celebrated its 20 million milestone during last year’s National Recycling Week.
“Last year was one of drumMUSTER’s best years and was helped by the generous support from a wide range of groups involved in the program over the past decade,” he said.
Allan said as National Recycling Week is helping to change the attitude of Australians when it comes to recycling, drumMUSTER is doing the same with farmers.
“Almost every farmer in the country knows the drumMUSTER name, but only about 60% say they have used the program to get rid of their unwanted containers,” he said.
“drumMUSTER has made big strides in not only changing attitudes but also practices in the way on-farm waste is handled.”
This week we’re reaching out to farmers across the country and urging them to take a look in their shed or paddock, round up their containers and take them into their nearest drumMUSTER site.
To find your local drumMUSTER site, visit our Find a Collection Site page and arrange a time to drop your drums off.
Remember to make sure drums are residue free with the lids removed before being delivered. Metal drums should be pierced to allow better airflow for drying. There’s no need to pierce plastic containers.
For any further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707.