Every container counts …

Unwanted agvet containers diverted from landfill make useful recycled products, protecting our environment from harmful greenhouse gasses.

  • 1,250,763 containers saved from landfill this financial year
  • 1,945,234 containers collected in 2015-2016
  • 29,295,584 total containers collected since 1998

Unwanted chemicals…

ChemClear helps farmers dispose of their unwanted agvet chemicals to keep their communities, land and waterways safe.

  • 587,386 L/kg agvet chemicals collected since 2003
  • 48,521 L/kg chemicals registered for free collection
  • 55,150 L/kg chemicals collected for fee-payable service

Who is AgStewardship Australia?

AgStewardship Australia was established in 2010 to support the nation’s reputation as a producer, manufacturer, and exporter of world-class food and fibre products.

By sharing the principles of product stewardship with our partners, we promote the development, manufacture, sale, use and disposal of agvet chemicals.

Australian governments have supported waste reduction programs as a key policy response to address concerns about the environmental impacts of production and the waste generated, which secures our reputation and warrants ongoing access to valuable domestic and overseas markets.

Agsafe’s voluntary stewardship programs, drumMUSTER and ChemClear, are environmentally-sound waste management programs.

Both schemes are funded through by a four-cent per L/kg levy on the sale of agvet chemicals, collected and managed by AgStewardship Australia.

drumMUSTER and ChemClear programs are the nation’s flagship programs for agvet chemical stewardship, leading the way for the collection and ethical disposal of farm chemicals and containers.

AgStewardship Australia has four member organisations:

Board Members

Bruce Papps – Independent Chair

As Independent Chair, Bruce brings a wealth of governance, risk and financial management experience to his role. He commenced his career with Ernst & Young, then helped build one of Canberra’s most successful professional services firms, before serving as a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has significant experience in providing financial management, assurance, governance and risk management services to both the public and private sectors. He also sits on a number of Boards and Audit Committees. He is a qualified member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Damien Ryan – Managing Director, Sipcam Pacific Australia

Damien grew up on a mixed cropping and livestock farm in North East Victoria. After graduating from La Trobe University with a degree in Ag Science and Honours in Ag Economics he joined the ag-chemical division of ICI (now Orica). Corporate sales and marketing positions in ICI and later Landmark led to a desire to take a on a more entrepreneurial challenge. After resigning from a senior executive position in Landmark, Damien founded Sipcam Pacific Australia in 1997. Over the past 20 years Sipcam has grown to become a Top 10 player in the Australian ag-chemical market.

Damien is currently Vice President of Croplife Australia and was, for many years, Chairman of Agsafe. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the CEO Institute of Australia. He has pursued a lifelong passion for agriculture and continues to enjoy time on the fourth-generation family farm.

Andrew Mason – Head of Commercial Operations ANZ, Animal Health Bayer

Andrew started his career over 30 years ago in central Queensland as a jackaroo. This is where he gained his respect and appreciation that a hard and honest day’s work is foundational to anyone’s success.

Along the way he has gained extensive experience both locally and internationally learning all aspects of the animal health industry and the value chains that deliver winning customer and consumer solutions built on insights.

Today he leads Bayer Animal Health Australia and New Zealand businesses and is excited about the growth opportunities he sees for the pet industry and also Australia’s potential in supplying the worlds’ highest and cleanest quality proteins.  Andrew is also the Chair of Animal Medicines Australia and a director of Agribusiness Australia.

Today he considers himself as a courageous entrepreneurial leader developing teams and individuals to do something extraordinary with their work and lives.

Fiona Simson

Fiona Simson lives and works with her family on “The Plantation”, a 5500ha mixed farming and grazing property near Premer NSW on the western edge of the Liverpool Plains.

With tertiary business education and skills, Fiona’s passion for local food production and the growth and sustainability of rural and regional Australia led firstly to a career in local government as an elected Councillor in Liverpool Plains Shire Council, and then her appointment to the NSW Farmers Executive Council in 2008. In 2011, she became the first woman President of the Association retaining that position for a full four-year term. Fiona consistently lobbies for policy reform at all levels of government to provide certainty and sustainability for rural and regional Australia and the farming industry.

Passionate about the power of a unified voice for agriculture, Fiona also believes in its role in a strong and vibrant future for regional Australia.

Fiona was appointed as a Director of the National Farmers’ Federation in 2011 and Vice President in 2014 – a position she currently holds. Fiona also sits on the Board of NRMA (NSW), the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, and the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund.

Jim Adams

Jim Adams is President and Executive Director of the Veterinary Manufacturers Association (VMDA). A founding member of the VMDA, Jim has been in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry for more than four decades. He has held executive and general management positions in wholesale distribution, import and marketing, and manufacturing.

Jim sold his veterinary manufacturing business Delvet in 2010, and has maintained his involvement in the animal health industry via the VMDA and his consulting business, liaising with government and other industry associations on regulatory and policy issues affecting farming and the animal health community generally.

Our Partners

Animal Medicines Australia Ltd

Animal Medicines Australia Ltd (AMA) is the voice of the animal health industry in Australia, representing registrants, manufacturers and formulators of animal health products. Its members are responsible for more than 85% of all animal health product sales in Australia (ex factory gate). The AMA strives to ensure a viable regulatory environment for its members and encourages sustainable risk reduction practices.

CropLife Australia Ltd

CropLife Australia represents the developers, registrants, manufacturers and formulators of plant science solutions for use in agriculture and the management of pests in other settings. Member companies produce the majority of crop protection and biotechnology products used by Australian primary producers to protect plants from pests and diseases, and help control weeds.

National Farmers’ Federation

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. One of Australia’s foremost and respected lobbying and advocacy organisations, its membership covers all major agricultural commodities, linking to individual farmers through state farm organisations and national commodity councils.

Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association

The Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association (VMDA) represents manufacturers, importers, registrants and distributors of all classes of veterinary medicines and animal health products. With more than three decades of experience, the organisation works to promote and protect the Australian animal health industry by working with government, and bringing together members, suppliers and customers.