drumMUSTER is the national program, funded by farmers, for collection and recycling of empty, cleaned farm chemical containers. Chemical users pay a 4c per litre or kilogram levy on eligible products sold in non-returnable containers. Containers are identified by a logo (sticker, label or embossed) which shows they are eligible for recycling through drumMUSTER.
Council accepts drums any time the tips are open, up until half an hour before closing time.
Councils staff suggest that if people have large numbers, say over 50 drums, they should ring the tip attendant first and arrange a mutually satisfactory time for drum delivery.
All drums must:
- Carry the drumMUSTER logo. Copy of logo attached in downloadable document box
- Be clean, dry and free of chemical residue (rust and dye stains are acceptable)
- Have lids removed
- Metal drums should be pierced from top through bottom.
Farmers are given a receipt when delivering containers; these receipts are accepted by quality assurance programs and environmental management systems as evidence of responsible waste disposal.
All containers accepted by drumMUSTER are recycled into products such as wheelie bins, roadside posts, irrigation pipes, vineyard posts and outdoor furniture.
drumMUSTER is an initiative of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Avcare (the National Association of Crop Production and Animal Health) and the Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association (VMDA) to provide farmers with an environmentally responsible way of disposing of their empty chemical containers.
Burning chemical containers or burying them uncleaned on farm or in council landfills is illegal and incurs substantial criminal penalties, including fines of up to $500,000.
More information can be obtained by clicking on the link to the drummuster site - Drummuster Website
If you require further information on drummuster programs within the Shire please contact Councils Environment Staff at the Barham Office or complete & submit the online request form below.
- Wakool Shire Council - Environmental Services Dept
- Phone: 03 54533200
- Fax: 03 54533122