New ‘Lift and Load’ service to collect chemical drums

Empty chemical drums in an intermediate bulk container
A Sydney-based company is making it easier for businesses using garden chemicals to recycle their containers.

The new ‘Lift and Load’ service is being offered by drumMuster-approved collector and processor JK Plastics.

The company will provide the turf and horticultural industries in the Sydney Basin, including golf courses, sports grounds, council parks and gardens, with an easier way to dispose of their empty agvet containers.

JK Plasticss initially began rolling out the service in September, ahead of drumMuster formally launching it today (23 November).

“As a drumMUSTER approved processor and collection agency, we are always developing new ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the collection of clean chemical drums,” said Belinda La Faber, Business Development Manager at JK Plastics.

To participate in the service, chemical users must have at least two open-top intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) – one for 20-litre containers and a second for smaller containers. Each IBC should contain 35–80 drums respectively. After booking a collection from JK Plastics, the IBCs are then lifted onto the back of a flatbed truck and replaced with two empty ones.

All agvet containers presented to JK Plastics must have their lids off and be triple rinsed so as to be free of any chemical residue.

drumMUSTER Regional Consultant Vernon Keighley said:“JK Plastics started by loading loose drums on to the back of a truck, but this was not cost efficient, hence the introduction of the ‘Lift and Load’ concept.

“They have no cleaning facilities, so the drums have to be spotless before collection and Belinda has been great in communicating this message to drumMUSTER clients in a friendly way, which they really appreciate and understand.”

Mr Keighley was keen to work with Belinda and her brother Jason to find ways to make the service work.

“It’s early days with ‘Lift and Load’, but I’m looking forward to seeing it develop with the support of the turf industry in securing IBCs and filling them up with shiny clean empty drums,” he said.

More details about the drumMUSTER program and the ‘Lift and Load’ service are available on the drumMuster website.

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