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Colbinabbin to host DrumMUSTER event

By Rodney Woods

Campaspe Shire Council invites farmers and other chemical users to safely dispose of their old chemical drums at Colbinabbin Transfer Station as part of a special drumMUSTER event.

To be held on Thursday, September 12 between 9am and noon, Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian Weston said drumMUSTER was part of Agsafe’s annual program and provided an easy, environmentally friendly opportunity for farmers to dispose of old chemical drums without harming the environment.

“The program ensures chemical drums are disposed of correctly, avoiding potential contamination in waterways and diverting toxic waste from entering into landfill,” Cr Weston said.

Drums eligible for disposal include all drums branded with the drumMUSTER logo that have held agricultural chemicals, detergents, dairy chemicals, liquid fertilisers and other non-hazardous farm chemicals.

All drums for disposal must:

* Be plastic or metal

* Be one litre to 205 litres in size

* Be rinsed until free of any visible chemical residue

* Be clean and dry

* Be punctured if metal

* Have all lids removed

All drums will be inspected on the day by a drumMUSTER inspector and containers that have not been properly cleaned and drained inside and out will not be accepted.

“Council has been part of the DrumMUSTER program since 2002, and has collected 34,461 drums to date from the annual Colbinabbin drumMUSTER collection day," Cr Weston said.

"This is something our community should be very proud of and I congratulate them for their efforts."

Permanent drumMUSTER collection programs for empty and triple-rinsed chemical drums up to 20 litres are available at the Echuca, Mt Scobie (Kyabram) and Rochester resource recovery centres.

A total of 142,105 drums have been collected across the shire since the program began.

Disposing of empty chemical containers via the program enables the reuse of plastics and metals. Drums are recycled into a range of products such as crates, rubbish bins, bollards and outdoor furniture.

For more information on drumMUSTER or how to clean your drums, visit the drumMUSTER website at www.drummuster.org.au