Safe disposal of unwanted agvet chemicals

General Jan. 10, 2021

Agsafe’s product stewardship programs, drumMUSTER and ChemClear, provide farmers with a reliable pathway for the safe disposal of their empty agvet containers as well as any unused or obsolete agvet chemicals.

If your customers have unused or obsolete agvet chemicals that they would like to safely dispose of, they can register them online at chemclear.org.au and they will be picked up when a collection is scheduled in their area. Collections are conducted once registrations reach a level that can be supported. On average, collections are conducted in each state every two years.

There is a collection scheduled for South Australia and Western Australia for April and May 2021. Agvet chemicals users in these states have until 28 February to register their chemicals to ensure they are collected and safely disposed of through the ChemClear program.

Agsafe’s General Manager, Dominique Doyle, said farmers’ committed engagement in the ChemClear program always impresses, but never surprises. “Farmers understand that they are the custodians of the land, and they are always mindful of sustainable farm practices. ChemClear enables farmers to safely dispose of chemicals off farms and out of rural communities.”

ChemClear and its partners are delighted with the progress the service has made since 2003 with the program having collected and disposed of more than 700,000 litres of obsolete, inherited and unknown 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.

Using ChemClear also ensures that agvet chemical users will meet their responsibilities and obligations under any quality assurance, farm or environmental management program.

ChemClear is delivered by Agsafe on behalf of AgStewardship Australia and its stakeholders CropLife Australia, Animal Medicines Australia Limited, Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association and the National Farmers Federation.

If your customers have chemicals they would like to register for collection, they can simply visit www.chemclear.org.au and follow the prompts or call 1800 008 182.

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