Local councils help make farm recycling easy*

Article image - Local councils help make farm recycling easy* Mildura landfill drumMuster collection site, keeping the land and waterways cleaner.

For years, farmers and other AgVet chemical users had few options for disposing used containers. Consequently, they were dumped, buried or burnt.

Enter Product Stewardship. A whole-of-life-cycle approach to ethical management of products, from the original manufacture though their use and to end-of-life disposal.

Agsafe’s AgVet chemical product stewardship programs, drumMUSTER and ChemClear, divert used containers and obsolete chemicals from landfill, re-routing them into recycling and responsible disposal pathways that assist in keeping land and waterways safe.

Since operations began in 1998, more than 37,000 tonnes of unwanted plastics have been diverted from landfill sites into recycling programs, which has saved Australian local councils $33 million in landfill costs.

There are over 800 collection sites throughout Australia including over 350 local council sites.

Once the containers are collected, they are shredded and granulated, processed into pellets, then re-used to make wheelie bins, fencing, pipes, bollards, road markers and public furniture.

Agsafe General Manager, Dominique Doyle, said of the program, “Farm businesses who frequent drumMUSTER sites are setting a good example of how the simple act of recycling can keep land and waterways cleaner and litter-free, and communities safer.”

To find out about hosting a drumMUSTER site, local councils and community groups can call 1800 008 707 or visit drummuster.org.au.

*Copy supplied by Agsafe