Garbage collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for disposal or recycling.
You can work as a garbage collector without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a garbage collector through a traineeship in Waste Management. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Garbage collectors may perform the following tasks:
Garbage collectors may operate their own business or work within a partnership collecting garbage bags and other rubbish from domestic and commercial premises. Garbage collectors work outdoors in all weather conditions. They may work early in the morning and at night.
Most garbage collectors work for private rubbish removal companies. Their services are then contracted by local councils and corporations. With experience and further training, it is possible to progress to supervisory and management positions.