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 cage at the Mt Scobie Transfer Station, Rochester Transfer Station and Echuca Environment Centre 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 Environment Centre and Mt Scobie Transfer Station. It's simple to participate, just SHAKE! RATTLE! and ROLL!

First, separate the different types of plastic wrap. Then: 

  1. SHAKE the used film after removing it from the bale to remove grass, water and mud. Separate from twine/net wrap.
  2. ROLL the film into a tight ball, similar in size to a football, and place into a Plasback* bag (available from rural supply stores that stock silage wrap). Approximately 16-20 films will fit into a bag.
  3. RATTLE into town with your full bags and leave at the Echuca Environment Centre or Mt Scobie Transfer Station (A dedicated skip is available at Mt Scobie, so loose wrap can be dropped there).

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.