Drum recycling initiative a first for FIL and Ecolab

Posted on 1 March 2010

Thanks to a recycling initiative involving FIL and Ecolab, the clutter and head ache of empty teat spray, and detergent 100L and 200L drums will be a thing of the past.

“We have been looking for an ideal arrangement for our drums for a long time, quite aware that we need to have a responsible way for our drums to be re-used,” says FIL’s general manager Warwick Dowse. Now the search is over. Thanks to a joint initiative between FIL, Ecolab and Plasback, all 100L and 200L drums can be collected off farms and re-used or recycled.

Plasback has a well established reputation for collecting used silage wrap for a number of years. Many farmers are probably already familiar with their big Plasback ‘on-farm bins’ for placing silage wrap into,” says Warwick.

Greater pressure is on farmers to comply with environmental standards and new legislation is being drawn up for the future. Warwick believes the latest joint recycling initiative for drums puts the companies and their customers ahead of any possible regulations. It also relieves another major waste issue for farmer clients.

Warwick says there is 4 simple steps to ensure FIL, Ecolab and Plasback can collect the drums for recycling.

The drums have to be triple rinsed, have their labels removed and the bungs inserted back into them. The drums must also be in good condition for ‘return’ otherwise they will be considered for recycling.

This is not an opportunity for farmers to return drums that have contained hazardous chemicals, unknown chemicals or have been hanging around the farm for many years. Company representatives will check to see if the drums are suitable prior to collection. The process will take some time to get used to, perhaps a couple of seasons.

Label removal is critical to comply with hazardous material transport laws, and the collection will be free of charge to FIL and Ecolab customers.