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 Landfill and Tallangatta Transfer Station. All drums must be triple rinsed and empty with lids removed. Metal drums must also be punctured.

Recycling your eligible farm chemical containers is easy, just follow these simple steps:

1. Triple or pressure rinse your chemical containers IMMEDIATELY after use.           4. Remove lids to allow your containers to dry thoroughly. Take lids separately to collections. 
2. Pour the rinse water back into your spray tank. 5. Metal containers should be punctured from the top through the bottom. 
3. Make sure all chemical residue is removed. 6. Deliver your eligible clean empty containers to your local drumMUSTER collection centre. 

Difficult-to-clean eligible farm chemical containers might require additional treatment, such as for:

  • Suspension concentrates - Rinse your container immediately after use to ensure any chemical residue does not dry. Use methylated spirits to remove dried residue. If this doesn't work, fill the container with water and soak for at least 24 hours before rinsing. 
  • Oil-based chemicals (ULVs, LVs) - Follow specific instructions on the product lable or contact the manufacturer for further assistance.
  • Other chemical residues - Rinse container immediately after use as all chemical residues are much harder to remove when dry. Some containers may require additional rinsing (more than three rinses). A brush or high pressure hose may be required to clean stubborn or dried chemical residue. 

Eligible containers with dirt, rust and dye stains are not considered hazardous and are therefore accepted at drumMUSTER collection centres. For more information go to the drumMUSTER website

Plasback – Silage Wrap Recycling Program

Over 5,000 tonnes of silage film and covers are discarded after use every year. These products are made from high quality liner low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. It does not break down when buried, is unsightly and presents a hazard to stock. Plasback will provide a long term, low cost solution for farmers and councils to dispose of and create new value out of this farm plastic waste.Silage wrap in plasback clear bags can be disposed of free of charge at Council’s waste disposal facilities at Corryong and Tallangatta. Normal tip fees apply to all other silage wrap, bailed or loose.

Visit for more information on the plasback program.


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: 26 February 2014