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For information on organisations which will collect chemical drums for recycling, see http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/drums/KiamaNSW.

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Chemical users can now recycle their eligible clean farm chemical containers with drumMUSTER.

Our drumMUSTER collection point

Venue: Community Recycling Centre at Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Facility, 466 Riverside Drive, Minnamurra
When: First Monday of each month
Time: 8 am to 4 pm


drummuster eligible container iconAll drums must:

  • carry the drumMUSTER logo
  • be clean, dry and free of chemical residue (dirt, rust and dye stains are acceptable). Refer to the drumMUSTER website for more information on effective rinsing of containers.
  • have all lids removed
  • if metal, be pierced from top through bottom for draining and airing.

drumMUSTER is an important industry stewardship program that is part of the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme (IWRS). Agsafe Limited is contracted by AgStewardship Australia who manage the levies collected under the IWRS. The IWRS is funded by a levy on eligible non-returnable farm chemical containers over 1 litre or kilogram in content from participating chemical manufacturers.

drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable metal and plastic agvet chemical containers. Chemical users throughout Australia are encouraged to deliver their empty, cleaned containers for inspection and acceptance at their local drumMUSTER collection site.

The program is funded by farmers and chemical users who pay a 4c per litre or kilogram levy on eligible products sold in non-returnable containers. Containers are identified by a logo (sticker, label or embossed) which shows they are eligible for recycling through drumMUSTER.

Farmers are given a receipt when delivering containers; these receipts are accepted by Quality Assurance programs and Environmental Management Systems as evidence of responsible waste disposal. All containers accepted by drumMUSTER are recycled into products such as wheelie bins, roadside posts, irrigation pipes, vineyard posts and outdoor furniture.

drumMUSTER is an initiative of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Croplife Australia Ltd, Animal Health Alliance and the Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association (VMDA) to provide farmers with an environmentally responsible way of disposing of their empty chemical containers.

Burning chemical containers or burying them uncleaned on farm land or in landfill is illegal and incurs substantial penalties.

Why you should use the program?pile of drums falling out of a truck for drum muster collection

drumMUSTER product is recycled into useful everyday items such as street signs, irrigation piping, plant stakes and outdoor furniture.

drumMUSTER provides:

  • an environmentally responsible solution for chemical users to the problem of disposing their empty chemical containers;
  • helps property owners to keep their property clean of potential contamination;
  • encourages good farming practice and meets Quality Assurance obligations; and
  • supports the preservation of the wider environment.