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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Refuse/Recyclable Collector and Scrap Materials Buyer.

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.

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.


    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


  • 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

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a recycler without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a recycler through a traineeship in Waste Management.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    You will need appropriate licences to drive vehicles and operate machinery such as forklifts. Truck drivers and recyclers involved in transporting waste products and toxic or flammable substances must also have suitably endorsed licences.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Property Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


The recycling industry remains relatively small despite experiencing significant growth in recent years due to increased community awareness about the importance of minimising waste and pollution. employment opportunities depend largely on community awareness of, and participation in, recycling and the cost of reworking recycled materials.

With experience and further training, it is possible to progress to supervisory and management positions.

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Job Outlook for Recycler Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council Local Government NSW

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