DrumMUSTER is a national environmental program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. The responsible use of chemicals, and waste management initiatives means a cleaner environment for the community as a whole and adds to Australia’s clean and green image.
Drummuster is held at the Ayr Transfer Station on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800
A DrumMuster collection is also held at the Clare Waste Transfer Station and is run by the Clare State School Parents and Citizens Association. This service is by appointment only. If you live in the Clare area contact the Clare State School on (07) 4782 7133 for bookings.
Drum Muster is now available at:
Home Hill Transfer Station – during opening hours, no appointment necessary.
Giru Transfer Station – during opening hours, no appointment necessary.
AMDETT Services and Plastic Recycling located off the Bruce Highway, Giru is also a DrumMUSTER approved collection site.
DrumMUSTER Makes it Easy
Recycling your eligible farm chemical containers with drumMUSTER is easy – all you need to do is follow these simple steps:
- Triple or pressure rinse your chemical containers IMMEDIATELY after use.
- Pour the RINSE WATER back into your spray tank.
- Make sure ALL chemical residue is removed.
- REMOVE LIDS to allow your containers to DRY thoroughly. Take lids SEPARATELY to collections.
- Metal containers should be PUNCTURED from the top through the bottom.
- DELIVER your eligible clean empty containers to your local drumMUSTER collection centre.
For details on drumMUSTER colections in your area contact your local Council or visit the drumMUSTER website at: www.drummuster.com.au
The following tips will help to ensure your difficult-to-clean eligible farm chemical containers will be accepted for recycling at your local drumMUSTER collection centre.
(Atrazine, Simazine, etc)
- Rinse your container immediately after use to ensure any chemical residue does not dry.
- Use methylated spirits to remove dried residue. If this doesn’t work, fill the container with water and soak for at least 24 hours before rinsing.
- Follow specific instructions on the product label or contact the manufacturer for further assistance
Other chemical residues
- Rinse container immediately after use as all chemical residues are much harder to remove when dry
- Some containers may require additional rinsing (more than three rinses)
- A brush or high pressure hose may be required to clean stubborn or dried chemical residue.
- Elligible containers with dirt, rust and dye stains are not considered hazardous and are therefore accepted at drumMUSTER collection centres.
Triple Rinsing (a three stage rinsing process)
- Empty the contents of the container into the spray tank and allow the container to drain for an extra 30 seconds after the flow reduces to drops.
- Fill the container with clean water between 20% and 25% of its capacity and replace the cap securely
- Shake, rotate, roll or invert the container vigorusly for at least 30 seconds, so that the rinse water reaches all inside surfaces.
- Pour the rinsate (the rinsing water from step 3) into the spray tank. Let it drain for an extra 30 seconds after the flow reduces to drops.
- Repeat until the container has been rinsed three times.
For animal dips add the rinsate to the dip or medicated water.
For animal drenches dispose of the rinsate in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose, clear of waterways, desirable vegetation and tree roots.