Agvet chemical recycling with drumMUSTER and ChemClear

CHECK: ChemClear, Queensland. drumMUSTER has established collection across Australia and the program has recycled 39 million containers.
CHECK: ChemClear, Queensland. drumMUSTER has established collection across Australia and the program has recycled 39 million containers.

Developed with the environment in mind, the drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible, empty and clean agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.

drumMUSTER is Agsafe's national product stewardship program that is supported by agvet chemical manufacturers, farmers and growers, industry stakeholders including member and farming associations, as well as state and local governments.

Working hand-in-hand with local councils and other collection agencies, drumMUSTER has established collection facilities all over Australia and since its inception in 1998 the program has recycled 39 million containers. That's more than 42,000 tonnes of plastic that has been diverted from landfill or saved from being buried or burned on farms.

drumMUSTER regional consultants work tirelessly across the nation to build and maintain strong relationships with program stakeholders as well as the growers that use the chemicals. Once the containers have been cleaned and collected, they are recycled into re-usable products such as wheelie bins, road signs, fence posts and bollards.

The drumMUSTER program benefits both the user, the environment, industry and the wider community by providing a reliable, cost effective and sustainable option for the recycling of empty eligible agvet chemical containers. Community groups that run the program also benefit by raising money from each drum they inspect and collect.

Using the program is easy. Triple rinse your eligible containers, round them up, making sure the lids have been removed and take them to your local drumMUSTER collections site.

These are usually at the local waste transfer station. You can find the nearest collection site to you at drummuster.org.au

Agsafe also runs the agricultural stewardship program ChemClear. Where drumMUSTER collects the used containers, ChemClear collects and safely disposes any unused or obsolete agvet chemicals.

ChemClear and its partners have made significant progress since 2003 when the program commenced. In under 20 years, the program has collected and disposed of more than 790,000 litres of obsolete, inherited and unknown agvet chemicals.

"Using ChemClear also ensures that Agvet farmers and chemical users will meet their responsibilities and obligations under any Quality Assurance, Farm or Environmental Management program," Agsafe's general manager Dominique Doyle says.

Chemical holders can register their agvet chemicals for collection at any time via the ChemClear website.

For more information about Asgafe's stewardship programs, phone 6206 6888 or visit agsafe.org.au

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