Agsafe’s stewardship programs leading the way in farm waste recovery*

Article image - Agsafe’s stewardship programs leading the way in farm waste recovery* drumMUSTER provides agricultural chemical users with a recycling pathway for empty agvet containers.

Since it began Gunnedah in May 1999, the drumMUSTER program has grown into a successful national collection and recycling program for agvet containers.

It has now collected and recycled more than 35 million drums nationally.

Agsafe general manager, Dominique Doyle said drumMUSTER had now diverted 39,000 tonnes of plastic agvet waste nationally from going to landfill or being buried or burned on farms.

“A good thing to understand is that the agvet plastic that we collect and recycle stays in Australia and is recycled back into product.

“Community groups who are part of the collections get paid per container they collect, which goes toward fundraising efforts for local sporting groups or community and school programs.”

Recycled plastic from the program is made into goods including wheelie bins, fence posts, irrigation pipes, underground cable covers, bollards and barstools.

So if you have empty agvet containers on the property get them to your local drumMUSTER site.

There are over 800 sites around Australia.

Just visit drummuster.org.au to find the one nearest you.
Remember, every container counts.

Agsafe also runs the ChemClear program.

Where drumMUSTER removes the plastic waste from the agriculture sector, ChemClear removes the unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals.

A collection is held in each state, on average every two years.
Chemicals fall into two groups. Group One chemicals are part of the drumMUSTER program and are collected free of charge, whilst group two chemicals incur a fee for collection.

Agvet chemical users simply need to visit the ChemClear website, register their chemicals and await further correspondence from ChemClear.

Registrations are always open so if you have unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals, let ChemClear know and they will be picked up at the next collection in your area.

*Copy supplied by Agsafe