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: • 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:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.2%

NSW NSW 41.1%

NT NT 0.7%


SA SA 8.5%

TAS TAS 3.5%

VIC VIC 18.8%

WA WA 7.2%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 63.7%

Female 36.3%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 5.7%

20-24 - 4.9%

25-34 - 27%

35-44 - 24.6%

45-54 - 20.6%

55-59 - 6.4%

60-64 - 5.5%

65 and Over - 5.2%

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

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