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New arrangements for drumMUSTER program in the Lachlan Shire

Published: 26-02-2016

In response to the NSW EPA determining that waste facilities can no longer be left uncontrolled, Lachlan Shire Council has recently revised the opening hours of council-operated waste facilities and access to drumMUSTER compounds.

Chemical users in Albert, Burcher, Condobolin, Derriwong, Fifield, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal can still deliver their empty drums on an ongoing basis, but they will need to contact council or the nominated community group prior to delivery.

Community groups in the region include the Progress Associations in Albert and Burcher, Landcare in Derriwong and the Lions Clubs in Condobolin and Tottenham.

Allan McGann, drumMUSTER’s National Program Manager, said the Lachlan Shire Council is one of hundreds of councils across the country who provide the service to ratepayers.

drumMUSTER is an essential community service for a lot of reasons. Farmers and other chemical users benefit by offloading drums that are becoming an environmental problem on their land.”

The new hours of operation for all waste facilities are as follows. drumMUSTER access during these times is subject to arrangement with the council or specific community group.


Burcher: Tuesdays from 8am–12pm, Saturdays from 1pm–5pm

Phone the Progress Association on (02) 6972 5296 or (02) 6972 5250

Condobolin: Open seven days a week from 8am–12pm and 1pm–5pm

Phone the contractor on 0427 953 727

Lake Cargelligo: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am–12pm and 1pm–5pm

Phone the council on (02) 6895 1900

Tottenham: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am–12pm and 1pm–5pm

Phone the Lions Club on 0429 923 940

Tullibigeal: Tuesdays from 1pm–5pm and Saturdays from 8am–12pm

Phone the council on (02) 6895 1900

Community group access only:

  • Albert: Open by appointment. Phone 0429 928 286
  • Derriwong: Open by appointment. Phone 0447 975 225 or 0427 283 358
  • Fifield: Open by appointment. Contact details TBA, contact council in the meantime.


All containers presented at the collection must meet the program’s cleanliness standards. Containers must have caps removed, be triple-rinsed and free of any chemical residue to ensure the safety of handlers.

Upon delivery, service users receive a receipt which serves as proof of safe disposal to QA program auditors such as Livestock Production Assurance and can be presented in the event of an on-farm EPA visit.

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 27 million drums nationwide. This represents more than 32,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and being recycled into new and useful things again such as plastic cable covers, wheelie bins, road signs and bollards. The Lachlan Shire Council has contributed a significant 267,502 drums to this total.

For further information about the revised opening hours of council’s waste facilities, contact the Lachlan Shire Council on (02) 6895 1900 or drumMUSTER NSW Regional Consultant Phil Tucker on 0427 925 274.