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Gympie opens new drumMUSTER site

Published: 10-04-2014

A new drumMUSTER site has opened up in Gympie, paving the way for more flexibility for farmers to recycle their empty agvet chemical drums.

The new site at Gympie will service farmers and other chemical users in the surrounding regions.

Queensland drumMUSTER Consultant Colin Hoey said the Gympie Regional Council established the new site at Gympie’s Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility to help out primary producers.

“The council has been very supportive of the program and has committed to making the service available to farmers in the region who are in need of a responsible disposal route for their empty and clean drumMUSTER containers,” he said.

Gympie Regional Councillor Mick Curran said providing more opportunities to farmers to recycle their drums is vital.

“Having an avenue to safely recycle chemical containers is very important for our region, particularly given the prevalence of agricultural and horticultural production,” he said.

“Council is proud to partner with drumMUSTER and provide this service at our waste management facilities.”

The Gympie drumMUSTER collection facility at Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility will be open during the site’s opening hours

For large deliveries, clients should ring ahead to ensure sufficient inspectors are present to facilitate a quick turnaround. Contact Res-Q and Recycle on 0457 328 799 or 0488 143 535.

drumMUSTER collection facilities at Kilkivan and Goomeri are also available by appointment only. To book an appointment, contact council’s inspector John Kriesch on 0428 771 568.

drumMUSTER is the national stewardship program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned farm chemical containers and is funded by farmers.

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 23 million drums nation-wide. That represents more than 28,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill. All containers accepted by drumMUSTER are recycled into useful products such as wheelie bins, roadside posts, irrigation pipes, vineyard posts and outdoor furniture.

Burning chemical containers or burying them uncleaned on farm or in council landfills is illegal and incurs substantial criminal penalties.

Containers must:

  • carry the drumMUSTER logo
  • be clean, dry and free of chemical residue (rust and dye stains are acceptable)
  • have lids removed and
  • metal drums should be pierced from top through bottom.

drumMUSTER is for empty, clean farm chemical containers only. If you have old chemicals on your farm that you don’t want to use, phone ChemClear on 1800 008 182 for assistance in disposing of the chemicals.

For further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to


Melanie Cardell-Rymer at the Gympie Compound