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CMA supports drumMUSTER success

Monday 15 October, 2012
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as the peak natural resource body in the Goulburn Broken Catchment proudly supports the success of the drumMUSTER initiative and congratulates the drumMUSTER Program on more than a decade of service and reaching the collection of their 20 millionth drum.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as the peak natural resource body in the Goulburn Broken Catchment proudly supports the success of the drumMUSTER initiative and congratulates the drumMUSTER Program on more than a decade of service and reaching the collection of their 20 millionth drum.

"The drumMUSTER Program is a great success story, demonstrating how strong partnerships can contribute to stronger environmental benefits" explains Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Mr Chris Norman, "from their first collection in Gunnedah in 1999 through to their 20 millionth container collected this year, the drumMUSTER Program is a win: win situation for both farmers and the environment."

"One of the greatest challenges for farmers using agricultural and animal health chemicals is the safe disposal of empty chemical containers; the drumMUSTER program offers a safe collection and recycling of the cleaned containers, saving them from becoming landfill or even worse burning " continues Mr Norman.

"The Goulburn Broken CMA commends the drumMUSTER team, crop protection and animal health chemical manufacturers and Local Government for providing a coordinated solution to a potentially major environmental issue."

drumMUSTER is the single biggest environmental program ever undertaken jointly by farmers or end chemical users, Local Government and the Crop Production and Animal Health Industries. drumMUSTER provides farmers a safe way to dispose of their used chemical containers at one of over 760 collection sites around Australia.

Since its inception in May 1999, there have now been over 20 million chemical containers collected across Australia, representing over 25,000 tonnes of recyclable materials saved from landfill and leaching into our waterways.

For more information on the drumMUSTER program contact your local government or please visit www.drummuster.com.au or call the drumMUSTER Victorian Consultant, John Knight on 0427 346 325.

The Goulburn Broken CMA works to protect and restore land and water resources. For more information on current programs please visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or call 03 5820 1100.

 

 Photo: this is an example of a situation drumMUSTER is trying to prevent. The image was taken after the floods in early 2011 and the dam prior to the flood was full of empty drums, what you see in the photo are the drums that were filled with water and sank. The remainder of the drums floated down the floodplain. Photo: Courtesy of the drumMuster Program