With Clean Up Australia Day approaching, farmers and chemical users across the nation are encouraged to take advantage of two excellent industry stewardship programs.
drumMUSTER and ChemClear help collect and dispose of both agvet chemicals and their empty containers, with both services doing plenty of hard work for the environment throughout the Australian Year of the Farmer and beyond. Leaving these chemicals on farms and other properties is dangerous for not only the residents, but for livestock and soil.
First established in 1998, drumMUSTER has over 760 collection sites around the country. Users simply get in touch with their local shire council to find out their nearest drop-off point and once the containers are taken away, they are disposed of in the right way. Instead of being put into landfill, the collected cargo is crushed, shredded and transformed into practical items such as park benches, wheelie bins and road signs. Nationally, more than 18.6 million containers have been recycled, which equates to 23,664 tonnes of material that has been kept from landfill.
drumMUSTER’s National Program Manager, Allan McGann is also quietly confident a massive milestone can be reached in the next 12 months.
“While everyone is excited about doing their bit for Clean Up Australia Day, we would like to remind them about the valuable help our program can give them in cleaning up their properties,” he said.
“Our service has had a brilliant past 12 months and we are looking towards hopefully reaching the 20 million containers milestone sometime in 2012. It’s an exciting time to get involved with drumMUSTER, so give us a call to find out how we can help out all chemical users.”
Another program that is helping clean up Australia is ChemClear, which has been involved with the rural sector since 2003 and has taken in over 314 tonnes of obsolete, inherited or unwanted agvet chemicals. Leaking chemicals and young children or animals is an especially dangerous mix while the toxins released into the atmosphere from strong chemicals can also be potentially lethal. To get involved with ChemClear, chemical waste holders are simply required to take an inventory of their unwanted products
and call 1800 008 182 or go to the website where they can register for the next collection to be held in their state. ChemClear is working hard for Australia’s future generations, with 98 per cent of all agvet chemicals collected under the program used as an alternate fuel source.
To find your nearest drumMUSTER site, call 1800 007 707 or log on to www.drummuster.com.au or to safely get rid of your old chemicals, head over to www.chemclear.com.au.
Greg Hutt Communications Officer Agsafe Ltd