Towong Shire

Managing Farm Waste

There are a number of programs in Towong Shire to help farmers manage their farm waste. These include:

drumMUSTER – Farm Chemical Collections

Towong Shire Council provides the free drumMUSTER chemical drum collection service during normal operating hours of the Corryong Resource Landfill and the Tallangatta Resource Recovery centre. All drums must meet drumMUSTER's cleanliness standards:

  • There must be no chemical residue on the inside or the outside of the container, including the thread and cap.  If there is any chemical residue visible when delivering your containers these drums will be rejected.
  • After rinsing your chemical container it should be left to dry with the cap off which will aid in the drying process.
  • The threads of the container opening must be free of residue and although the cap should not be replaced on the container, it may be brought separately to the collection if clean.
  • Your container should have the labels on to provide inspectors with identification of the container being handled.
  • A signed statement by the farmer or chemical user at the point of the collection provides drumMUSTER with evidence that the container has been rinsed.
  • If your container is rejected, the inspector will request that your container is taken home, properly cleaned and returned for recycling in your next delivery.
  • When rinsing the chemical container use the rinsate to make up an application of the same chemical according to the products label recommendations.

For more information go to the drumMUSTER website

Silage Wrap Recycling Program

Over 5,000 tonnes of silage wraps and covers are discarded after use every year. These products are made from low density polyethylene (LDPE) plastic. It does not break down when buried, releases toxic chemicals if burnt and can be hazardous to stock.

Silage wrap in clean plastic bags can be disposed of for recycling at Council’s Resource Recovery Centres in Corryong and Tallangatta for $3.50 per bag.

Normal tip fees apply to silage wrap which is bailed, loose or contaminated with other materials.

ChemClear

ChemClear is the national program for the collection and disposal of unwanted registered agvet chemicals. The objective is to minimise the accumulation of unwanted chemicals on farm or in storage which may create risks to the environment, public health and trade. 

ChemClear assists chemical users to implement safe chemical management practices by providing a reliable, safe and cost effective disposal pathway for unwanted agvet chemicals. Go to the ChemClear website for further details. 

 

Last updated: 10 December 2020