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

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

Tasks

  • 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

Job Titles

  • Recycling or Rubbish Collector
  • Recycling or Rubbish Collector (also called Waste Removalist)

    Specialisations: Garbage Depot Worker

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 2,200 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 90.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • Unavailable Average full-time
  • 54 years Average age
  • 9.9% female Gender Share

The number of Recycling and Rubbish Collectors fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 2,200 in 2017 to 2,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Recycling and Rubbish Collectors work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales or Victoria.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90.6%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Age: The average age is 54 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (68.1%).
  • Gender: 9.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072500
20081400
20093200
20102200
20112600
20123400
20131600
20144100
20152300
20162600
20172200
20222300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services60.9
Public Administration and Safety29.3
Accommodation and Food Services5.7
Construction4.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRecycling and Rubbish CollectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW43.731.6
VIC31.526.2
QLD10.219.7
SA2.16.7
WA6.710.8
TAS0.02.0
NT4.01.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRecycling and Rubbish CollectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.1-5.25.2
20-245.7-9.99.9
25-3413.9-23.623.6
35-4410.3-21.721.7
45-5419.0-20.820.8
55-5927.4-8.88.8
60-6410.4-6.06.0
65 and Over11.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

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Employers look for Recycling and Rubbish Collectors who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    84% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Transportation

    83% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Public Safety and Security

    72% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Mechanical

    67% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Law and Government

    59% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    92% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    92% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Controlling Machines and Processes

    86% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    85% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Handling and Moving Objects

    81% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Occupational Information Network
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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.

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