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Woodside site to make recycling easier

Published: 29-04-2014

Local growers in the Adelaide Hills will have another reason to recycle their agvet chemical containers thanks to the opening of a drumMUSTER site in Woodside.

The new site at Hop, Skip & Dump in Woodside will provide a new, flexible option for farmers looking to dispose of their chemical drums.

South Australia drumMUSTER Consultant David Jesse said the site will service smaller farms and alleviate demand on other drumMUSTER sites in the surrounding region.

“The region specialises in wine grapes, apples, pears, strawberries, vegetables and grazing,” he said.

“These operations are predominately smaller and are in need of a more flexible arrangement for them to recycle their chemical containers.”

David said the Woodside site will be operating weekdays between 9am – 4pm and on Sundays between 12pm – 4pm with three staff members trained to inspect drums.

“This facility provides skip bins to many local farmers for disposal of general waste and this service will serve to keep chemical drums out of these bins,” he said.

The new site has already gained support from local agvet chemical resellers in the region.

John Cooper from Coopers of Mount Torrens Farm Supplies said the new site is a great initiative for his customers.

“We’re seeing a growing trend of lifestyle farmers who have no concept of drumMUSTER,” he said. “They may have a mountain of drums but have got no idea about how to get rid of them.”

“The new site will make it easier for them because it’s closer. The distance between sites was making it difficult for many farmers.”

Justin Tiller from EE Muir & Sons in Lenswood also backs the site and said many of his customers would use it.

“The local site makes it easier for those only having to recycle 6 or 12 drums at a time,” he said.

“We’re also in a highly sensitive environment zone because we’re in the water catchment for Adelaide. Anything we can do to get those containers back here so they don’t end up on a river bank is all the better.”

The new site is located at Onkaparinga Waste & Recycling (Trading as Hop, Skip & Dump), 28 Henry Street, Woodside. Those with more than 50 drums will need to book by calling 8389 7561.

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

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 23 million drums nation-wide. That represents more than 28,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and being recycled into new and useful things again like plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and pipes.

For more information contact David Jesse on 0409 834 113. For further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to


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