Profession recycling worker

Recycling workers clean materials and remove waste, and ensure the waste and collected materials are sorted in the appropriate recycling containers. They also dismantle vehicles and sort the parts collected, and deposit recyclable materials onto conveyor belts where they can be further sorted.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Waste management

    The methods, materials and regulations used to collect, transport, treat and dispose of waste. This includes recycling and monitoring of waste disposal.

  • Waste and scrap products

    The offered waste and scrap products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

Skills

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Dispose waste

    Dispose waste in accordance with legislation, thereby respecting environmental and company responsibilities.

  • Ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations

    Implement and monitor company procedures for the collection, transport and disposal of waste, in compliance with all regulations and legal requirements.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Assess waste type

    Identify waste materials during collection and sorting operations which can either be recycled, disposed of, or otherwise treated, in order to assess the way in which they need to be treated and sorted.

  • Manage waste

    Manage or dispose of significant amounts of waste materials or hazardous materials. Ensure required licenses and permits are in place and reasonable management practices, industry standards, or commonly accepted farming practices followed.

  • Dismantle broken appliances

    Dismantle equipment and appliances which are broken and ineligible for repair so that their separate components can be sorted, recycled, and disposed of in a manner which is compliant with waste and recycling legislation.

  • Collect broken appliances

    Collect or receive products which are no longer functional and cannot be repaired from households, organisations or collection facilities so that they can be sorted for disposal or recycling.

  • Operate recycling processing equipment

    Operate recycling processing equipment such as granulators, crushers and balers; process and sort materials to be recycled.

Optional knowledge and skills

assess contamination avoid contamination dispose of non-hazardous waste electronics principles control delivered waste electricity maintain recycling records advise on waste management procedures report pollution incidents dispose of hazardous waste pollution prevention monitor composting maintain sorting equipment perform laboratory tests educate on recycling regulations remove contaminants operate forklift hazardous waste storage follow recycling collection schedules install recycling containers sort waste drain hazardous liquids