Rubbish/Recycling Collector Kaiwhakahiato Rāpihi

Rubbish/recycling collectors collect household, industrial or commercial rubbish for disposal or recycling.

Rubbish/recycling collectors may do some or all of the following:

  • drive or ride on a rubbish/recycling truck
  • pick up bags or bins of rubbish/recycling and throw them into the truck
  • operate machines to pick up bins 
  • separate rubbish from recycling
  • operate equipment that crushes rubbish and items for recycling
  • unload and clean rubbish/recycling trucks
  • drive forklifts or vehicles with tracks or rollers.

Physical Requirements

Rubbish/recycling collectors need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for rubbish/recycling collectors includes physical labour or driving heavy vehicles.

Personal Qualities

Rubbish/recycling collectors need to be:

  • practical, with an eye for detail
  • quick and efficient
  • punctual.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for rubbish/recycling collectors includes physical labour or driving heavy vehicles.

Rubbish/Recycling Collectors can earn around $19-$23 per hour per year.

Rubbish/recycling collectors may move into management roles or into operating machinery or driving heavy vehicle jobs.

Rubbish/Recycling Collector

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