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Recycling and Reclamation Workers

Overview

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

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Hands On

Realistic

Career Ladder
Recycling or Solid Waste Management Consultant

Recycling Coordinator

Supervisor, Recycling and Reclamation

Recycling and Reclamation Worker

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