Drum mustering going strong for rural recycling

A drumMUSTER compound full of empty chemical containers ready to be taken away and recycled.AS National Recycling Week moves into full swing, one of the rural industry’s great waste recycling programs continues to work hard for the environment.

drumMUSTER collects and safely recycles empty agricultural and veterinary chemical containers and since forming in 1998 has achieved some fantastic results.

Working together in partnership with shire councils and other collection agencies all around Australia, the service provides collection sites so users are able to deliver their clean, empty eligible containers.

In just 13 years of operation, nearly 18 million drums have been collected at the 750-plus sites around Australia, resulting in more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic and steel materials being diverted from landfill and recycled into everyday items like fence posts, pipes, wheelie bins and road signs.

Helping the wider cause is nine roaming Regional Consultants, who cover all of the nation’s states and territories and strive to increase the uptake of this unique industry stewardship program.

National Program Manager Allan McGann has been involved with drumMUSTER for over a decade and he has been heartened by the initiative’s increase in returns over the past 12 to 18 months.

“Results are tracking towards two million containers collected Australia-wide this year, which is due to the outstanding efforts of all those involved with the program,” he said.

“It is great to see that chemical users are recognising the importance of being responsible with their waste management practices. This is a service provided to chemical users at no additional cost because of the four-cents-per-litre levy applied on eligible products from participating manufacturers at the point of sale and we are delighted to be keeping containers from being burnt or put into landfill.”

To find out more about drumMUSTER or to find your nearest collection point, simply call the Head Office on 1800 008 707 or go online to 老域名drummuster老域名备案老域名.

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