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Recycling and Rubbish Collector

Recycling and Rubbish Collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for recycling and disposal.

Overview

Recycling and Rubbish Collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for recycling and disposal.

Day-to-day

  • riding on and in garbage and recycling trucks
  • collecting rubbish and items for recycling from domestic, commercial and industrial premises
  • loading rubbish and recycling into bins and garbage and recycling trucks
  • unloading garbage and recycling trucks
  • may operate compacting equipment on garbage trucks
  • may supervise other garbage collectors.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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$1,586 / week
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Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Recycling and Rubbish Collector

  • You can work as a Recycling or Rubbish Collector without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in waste management or waste driving operations may be useful.

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