How to become a Recycler

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.

Personal requirements of a Recycler

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Recycler

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 for a Recycler

Recyclable products are collected from community groups, households, industry and commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants and clubs.par Recyclers work in conditions that can be dirty and unhygienic.

Avg. weekly wage:

$744

Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 26%

NT 2.2%

QLD 23%

SA 4.4%

TAS 4%

VIC 30.9%

WA 8%

Hours worked:

45.7

Unemployment:

above average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 70.4%

Proportion of female workers 29.6%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 10.1%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 44.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 23.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 21.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 35.3%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 56.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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