Farm­ers called on to boost re­cy­cling pro­gram

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the ru­ral re­cy­cling pro­gram drumMUSTER are call­ing on Vic­to­rian farm­ers to bring in their empty chem­i­cal drums to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

drumMUSTER na­tional pro­gram man­ager Al­lan McGann said that with the re­cent sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall farm­ers can expect ex­cel­lent crop yields and with plenty of feed for live­stock pro­duc­ers there should also be an in­crease in hay pro­duc­tion across the re­gion.

“With the rain­fall there are re­ports of in­creased fungi­cide spray­ing ac­tiv­ity, which in turn sees an in­crease in con­tain­ers re­quir­ing proper dis­posal,” he said.

“Fol­low­ing the spray­ing pe­riod and be­fore har­vest, it would be a good time to clean up the farms and de­liver all el­i­gi­ble cleaned con­tain­ers to the var­i­ous col­lec­tion sites across the re­gion.

“A lot of farm­ers have been ac­tive in de­liv­er­ing their drums in, but there are still oth­ers that have not recog­nised the ben­e­fits of the drumMUSTER pro­gram,” Mr McGann added.

All el­i­gi­ble con­tain­ers have a small levy ap­plied that al­lows the con­tain­ers to be ac­cepted at the col­lec­tion sites at no ad­di­tional cost.

Since 1999, drumMUSTER has col­lected more than 28 mil­lion drums na­tion-wide, rep­re­sent­ing more than 28,000 tonnes of waste avoid­ing land­fill and be­ing re­cy­cled.

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Local col­lec­tion site in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.­lec­tion-site.

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