Barossa Valley farmers and winemakers no longer need to wait to recycle their empty and clean agvet chemical containers, after some recent changes to the local drumMUSTER.
For the past 13 years, The Barossa Council has held two drumMUSTER collection days a year to service more than 750 grape growers who supply 200 wineries.
But thanks to the new flexible arrangements to the drumMUSTER site at the Nuriootpa Dump, growers can now drop off their drums five and a half days per week instead of twice a year.
South Australia drumMUSTER Consultant David Jesse said the new collection site will be a great asset to local gorwers.
"Drums can now be delivered to the Transpacific Transfer Station on Pine Drive (Off Belvidere Road) in Nuriootpa during normal opening hours," he said. "This site is well known to local farmers as they have utilised it for disposal of other waste."
David said local gorwers are no strangers to recycling their chemical containers.
Since 1989, The Barossa Council has been collecting drums for farmers, 10 years before drumMUSTER was introduced in 1999.
Since drumMUSTER has been serving the region, more than 84,000 drums have been collected. That represents more than 105 tonnes of material recycled into new things again.
Growers can drop off their drums at the site during normal opening times, 8am - 3pm Monday to Friday and 8am - 11.30am on Saturday. Remember to rinse all drums and remove lids before delivering. Pierce metal drums to allow drying after rinsing.
For further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or log on to www.drummuster.com.au. Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 21 million drums nation-wide. That represents more than 26,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landfill and being recycling into new and useful things again, like plastic table covers, wheelie bins and pipes.