Northern metropolitan Melbournians can now responsibly get rid of their empty agricultural and veterinary chemical containers after the City of Whittlesea Council joined the drumMUSTER program recently.
An industry stewardship service that started in late 1998, drumMUSTER has collected and recycled over 17.5 million containers across Australia, with around 15,000 disposed of in the local Northern metro regions. The location for the new collection site will be the Epping Works depot on Houston Street, Epping and chemical users ranging from farmers and golf course operators to pest control companies are encouraged to call ahead and book a suitable time to make their drop-offs.
Whittlesea's inclusion is another boost to National Program Manager Allan McGann's determination to provide an even more comprehensive national service.
"drumMUSTER is pleased to have the City of Whittlesea join the program and this sees our expansion into the metropolitan region as a natural extension to the services provided all around Australia," he said.
The City of Whittlesea Environmental Operations Unit is responsible for arranging all drumMUSTER activities and is proud to support an initiative that is tremendously beneficial to both the environment and the rural industry as a whole.
"We have only just introduced drumMUSTER here, this is a new service we are introducing for residents and we certainly hope that it is well received across the area," said City of Whittlesea Resource Recovery Officer Jocelyn Harte.
"I and everyone here at the City of Whittlesea are very excited about promoting the initiative and we urge residents to take part in the service so we can start collecting some large quantities of containers!"
This service is paid for via the four cents-per-litre levy imposed on eligible chemicals at the point of sale, so participating in drumMUSTER is free of charge.
To make an appointment for City of Whittlesea to take in your pre-cleaned, empty chemical containers, simply call (03) 94 010 555 to arrange a suitable date or call Victorian Regional Consultant John Knight on 0427 346 325 for further information.