Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program collects 500,000 container in Tasmania

LOADING UP: Heath Kemp, Rodney Horton and Eddie Morse with agvet drums and containers at the Ulverstone waste transfer station for drumMUSTER collection.

LOADING UP: Heath Kemp, Rodney Horton and Eddie Morse with agvet drums and containers at the Ulverstone waste transfer station for drumMUSTER collection.

The 500,000th drumMUSTER agvet chemical container has been collected in Tasmania, which means 487 tonnes has been redirected into recycled product manufacturing.

Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program is Australia’s longest running agricultural waste management scheme, diverting 30 million empty containers from landfill to recycling projects nationally.

The first 120 drumMUSTER containers were collected at White Hills Transfer Station in April 2000.

Since then 43 drumMUSTER collection sites have been established across Tasmania where farmers can deliver plastic and metal agvet chemical drums, Tasmanian consultant Andrew Winkler said.

“Farmers want to do the right thing and the onus is now on councils to be the conduit between the drumMUSTER stewardship program and the farmers who want to use it,” Mr Winkler said.

Farmers accept responsibility for the safety of their land, waterways and the community by delivering eligible containers to collection sites, which reduces landfill and promotes environmentally sound land care.

DrumMUSTER is one of three agvet product stewardship programs offered by Agsafe, which also runs the national ChemClear program to dispose of unwanted farm chemicals.

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