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Beyond the Bale : March 2013
Responsible chemical clean-ups 29 ON-FARM With the eco credentials of the wool industry increasingly important, woolgrowers are being encouraged to dispose of their empty chemical containers and unwanted chemicals responsibly, using Agsafe's national drumMUSTER and ChemClear programs. The drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers. Working hand-in-hand with local councils and other collection agencies, drumMUSTER has established over 760 collection facilities all over Australia. Since its inception in 1998 the program has recycled more than 20 million containers across the country, which represents more than 25,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and in turn being recycled into products such as wheelie bins, fence posts and pipes. That's enough empty containers, laid end-to-end, to go from Brisbane down to Sydney, past Melbourne, across to Adelaide, swinging past Perth, up to Broome and stopping in Kununurra -- more than 8200km. Woolgrower Lou Armstrong, who runs and owns 120-year-old 'Pemcaw', east of Dunedoo in the central west of NSW, recently delivered drumMUSTER's six millionth drum in NSW, when he brought in 237 drums to the drumMUSTER Dunedoo site run by the local Lions Club. Mr Armstrong said the drums had contained animal health products to protect his ewes and rams from pests and diseases. "I've been using drumMUSTER since its inception," he said. "Like most farmers we were trying to be more environmentally sustainable. I heard about the program through media, and I also saw the sticker on the drum saying drumMUSTER, so I had a look at it and thought it was a good idea." The drumMUSTER program complements Agsafe's ChemClear program. ChemClear provides agvet chemical users with a recycling and disposal option. It was launched nationally in 2003 and has since collected more than 350 tonnes of obsolete agvet chemicals from regional and local communities across Australia. Collections are scheduled based on the volume of chemical registrations received by region and state across Australia. On average ChemClear undertakes 2-3 state collections and several local regional collections annually. 98 per cent of the chemicals collected under the ChemClear program are used as an alternative fuel source through a range of disposal methods and technologies. More information: drumMUSTER: www.drummuster.com.au 1800 008 707 ChemClear: www.chemclear.com.au 1800 008 182 FAST FACTS l Woolgrowers can help maintain the green credentials of the wool industry by taking part in the national drumMUSTER and ChemClear programs. l The drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible agricultural and veterinary chemical containers. l The ChemClear program collects obsolete agvet chemicals from across regional Australia. Lou Armstrong (right), with Henry Armstrong and Matthew Simons at 'Pemcaw', Dunedoo, who recently delivered drumMUSTER's six millionth empty chemical drum in NSW: "I've been using drumMUSTER since it's inception," Mr Armstrong says. March 2013 BEYOND THE BALE