Mile­stone for re­cy­cle pro­gram

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Rod­ney Woods

A cel­e­bra­tion of the 30 mil­lionth chem­i­cal con­tainer col­lected by Agsafe’s na­tional drumMUSTER pro­gram was held at a Cos­grove prop­erty last week.

The pro­gram, which started in 1999, al­lows farm­ers to drop off un­wanted, empty chem­i­cal con­tain­ers to be re­cy­cled and made into other prod­ucts.

‘‘The ben­e­fit for farm­ers is that the pro­gram gives them a sus­tain­able choice with what they can do with their metal and plas­tic con­tain­ers so there is no burn­ing or bury­ing,’’ Agsafe com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer De­siree Caira said.

Cos­grove sheep and crop farmer Alex Gra­ham, who dropped off 83 drums, said with­out the pro­gram he would have to send the drums to land­fill.

Since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion, drumMUSTER has saved coun­cils $31 mil­lion through the chip­per. in land­fill costs by di­vert­ing chem­i­cal con­tain­ers into many dif­fer­ent prod­ucts.

‘‘El­i­gi­ble drums are shred­ded, gran­u­lated, pro­cessed into pel­lets via heat ex­tru­sion, then sold to man­u­fac­tur­ers to make wheelie bins, pub­lic fur­ni­ture, pipes, fenc­ing, road mark­ers and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als,’’ Mrs Caira said.

Dookie Lions Club, which hosted the cel­e­bra­tion for the 30 mil­lionth drum, has been in­volved in the pro­gram since 2013 and has col­lected more than 40 000 drums.

Club mem­ber and drumMUSTER in­spec­tor Peter McManus said it was a priv­i­lege for the small ru­ral club to be in­volved in such a sig­nif­i­cant na­tional event.

‘‘Farm­ers tell us they’re so pleased to get rid of their ac­cu­mu­lated empty drums as they want to re­duce their on-farm waste in an ethical way,’’ Mr McManus said.

‘‘And it makes farm­ers happy that their ef­forts re­sult in fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits for their com­mu­nity.’’

By be­ing in­volved in the pro­gram, Dookie Lions Club has earned $10 000 in in­spec­tion fees, which it put to­wards a pub­lic fitness sta­tion in Mary St, Dookie.

Ready to re­cy­cle . . . The re­mains of the drums af­ter they went

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