Recycler & Refuse/Recyclable Collector


Recyclers collect, sort and handle a range of recyclable items such as paper, glass, metals and plastics that are then processed and prepared for resale.

Duties & Tasks

Recyclers may perform the following tasks:

  • separate recyclable items according to type
  • calculate payment to customers
  • manually prepare recyclable products
  • operate a forklift
  • find markets for sale of products
  • deliver products to market for resale
  • seek to increase and promote recycling
  • assist with or provide advice relating to the development of on-site technology for more efficient handling of recyclable items
  • assist with or provide advice about minimising and avoiding waste.

Working Conditions

Recyclable products are collected from community groups, households, industry and commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Recyclers work in conditions that can be dirty and unhygienic.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical work
  • understand the benefits of reducing waste and recycling
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • aware of public health and personal hygiene issues.
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