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Recycling and Reclamation Workers


Recycling and reclamation workers sort recyclable materials such as aluminum, glass, and paper from households and businesses. They prepare these materials for recycling by identifying and removing hazardous substances. These workers may also dismantle components in recyclable appliances and other types of products. The Department of Labor (DOL) reported there were approximately 136,000 refuse and recyclable material collectors working in the United States in 2016.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Faster than the Average
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Career Ladder
Recycling or Solid Waste Management Consultant

Recycling Coordinator

Supervisor, Recycling and Reclamation

Recycling and Reclamation Worker

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