Agvet chemical recycling with drumMUSTER and ChemClear take away service

Agsafe’s agvet chemical product stewardship programs, drumMUSTER and ChemClear, divert used containers and obsolete chemicals from farms and landfill by re-routing them into recycling

Since operations began in 1999, more than 42,000 tonnes of unwanted plastics have been diverted from landfill sites into recycling programs. This equates to over 37 million agvet containers that have been removed from farms


Developed with the environment in mind, the drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible, empty and clean agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.

drumMUSTER is Agsafe’s national product stewardship program that is supported by agvet chemical manufacturers, farmers and growers, industry stakeholders including member and farming associations, as well as state and local governments.

Working hand-in-hand with local councils and other collection agencies, drumMUSTER has established collection facilities all over Australia and since its inception in 1998 the program has recycled 38 million containers.

There are over 800 collection sites throughout Australia including over 350 local council sites so there are plenty of opportunities to get those empty containers off the farm

That’s over 42,000 tonnes of plastic that has been diverted from landfill or saved from being buried or burned on farms.

drumMUSTER Regional Consultants work tirelessly across the nation to build and maintain strong relationships with program stakeholders as well as the growers that use the chemicals.

Once the containers have been cleaned and collected, they are recycled into re-usable products such as wheelie bins, road signs, fence posts and bollards.

The drumMUSTER program benefits both the user, the environment, industry and the wider community by providing a reliable, cost effective and sustainable option for the recycling of empty eligible agvet chemical containers.

Community groups that run the program also benefit by raising money from each drum they inspect and collect.

Using the program is easy. Simply triple rinse your eligible containers, round them up, making sure the lids have been removed and take them to your local drumMUSTER collections site. These are usually at the local waste transfer station.

You can find the nearest collection site to you at www.drummuster.org.au

Dominique Doyle, Agsafe General Manager, said of the program, “Farm businesses who frequent drumMUSTER sites are setting a good example of how the simple act of recycling can keep land and waterways cleaner and litter-free, and communities safer.”

Agsafe also runs the agricultural stewardship program ChemClear. Where drumMUSTER collects the used containers, ChemClear collects and safely disposes any unused or obsolete agvet chemicals.

ChemClear’s goal is to reduce the quantity of unused Agvet chemicals stored on properties and in businesses across Australia, thereby reducing negative impacts on the environment, people and trade in the future.

By removing these unwanted chemicals from farms and businesses, a potentially hazardous situation can be eliminated in the event of a fire or flood.

ChemClear and its partners have made significant progress since 2003 when the program commenced. In under 20 years, the program has collected and disposed of more than 790,000 litres of obsolete, inherited and unknown agvet chemicals.

Once the containers are collected, they are shredded and granulated, processed into pellets, then re-used to make wheelie bins, fencing, pipes, bollards, road markers and bar stools for concrete foundations

“Using ChemClear also ensures that Agvet farmers and chemical users will meet their responsibilities and obligations under any Quality Assurance, Farm or Environmental Management program,” Agsafe’s General Manager Dominique Doyle says.

ChemClear sends information to waste holders after they have registered, enabling them to segregate and continue to store their surplus chemicals in their storages securely until the planned run commences.

The program collects registered chemicals produced by 126 manufacturers supporting the Industry Stewardship Scheme. Chemicals classified as Group 1, which are part of the drumMUSTER program are collected free of charge.

Chemical holders can register their agvet chemicals for collection at any time via the ChemClear website.

drumMUSTER recycles used agvet chemical containers by extruding the plastic and turning them into items such as wheelie bins, fence posts or irrigation pipe

There is a collection scheduled for New South Wales in March 2022. Agvet chemical holders that wish to dispose of their unwanted or obsolete chemicals can register them by 28 January.

For further information about Asgafe’s stewardship programs, call 02 6206 6888 or go to: www.agsafe.org.au