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 for 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.Recyclers work in conditions that can be dirty and unhygienic.

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