Many farm chemicals can be hazardous to human and ecosystem health, making responsible disposal of unwanted chemicals a top priority.
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Common farm chemicals include pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, antibiotics and fertilisers. Many of these are hazardous to human health as well as the environment. Improper disposal of such chemicals can lead to accidental poisoning, contamination of our ecosystems including our waterways, aquifers and soils, and possible chemical resistance in pests or diseases.
Chemicals: ChemClear is an industry-run product stewardship scheme that provides a safe collection and disposal service nationally for unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals. Registered chemicals that are produced by manufacturers who are part of the ChemClear scheme are collected free of charge. Other chemicals, including chemicals that are de-registered, out-of-date, mixed, unlabelled, unknown, or produced by a manufacturer not contributing to the stewardship program, can also be collected for a fee.
Chemical Drums: DrumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. Clean, empty containers that are free of any chemical residue can be delivered to one of over 700 collection sites across Australia.
What happens when it’s recycled?
Chemicals: Chemicals collected through ChemClear are disposed of responsibly.
Chemical Drums: Commercial recyclers are contracted by DrumMUSTER to collect and recycle the chemical containers. At the recycling plants, the containers are sorted, shredded, granulated and heat-extruded. The extruded materials are manufactured into a variety of products such as recycled containers, wheelie bins, irrigation pipes, bollards, road signs and reflectors.