Agricultural recycling

Agricultural recycling

Did you know that waste from agriculture can be recycled?

In Campaspe, farmers can recycle:

  • silage wrap
  • and agricultural chemical containers through the drumMuster program. 

drumMUSTER

drumMUSTER safely and sustainably recycles metal and plastic chemical drums ranging from one to 205 litres in size. Drums eligible for drumMUSTER recycling either have the drumMUSTER logo or are drums that contained detergents, dairy chemicals, liquid fertilisers and other non-hazardous farm chemicals. Petroleum and liquid chlorine aren’t accepted.

Recycled drums are made into:

  • crates
  • rubbish bins
  • car parts
  • irrigation pipes
  • concrete mesh supports
  • grape posts
  • road signs
  • outdoor furniture.

Campaspe farmers can drop appropriate agricultural drums at the drumMUSTER cages located at the Mt Scobie Transfer Station, Rochester and Echuca Resource Recovery Centres during open hours.

Before dropping them off, all drums must be:

  • rinsed until free of ANY visible chemical residue
  • clean and dry
  • punctured if they’re metal
  • have all lids removed.

Note: containers with rust and dye stains ARE accepted.

Further information is available through the drumMUSTER website.

Silage wrap recycling

Farmers can recycle silage wrap at the Echuca and Mt Scobie Resource Recovery Centres.

Please separate the different types of plastic wrap and shake the used film after removing it from the bale to remove grass, water and mud. Also separate from twine/net wrap.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the wrap is contaminated with soil, silage, twine, netting etc, it won’t be accepted and a fee for disposal will be charged to cover landfill costs.

Why?

Every year in Victoria, over 1,000 tonnes of silage film is used; almost one third of it in the Goulburn Valley. Disposing of it after use has become a significant issue.

Recycling the film is currently the most environmentally sustainable and economically viable way to dispose of this waste.