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Recycling and Reclamation Workers

Work Environment

Recycling and reclamation workers typically work 40 or more hours per week. They may work inside in a warehouse and spend some time outdoors working in a recycling yard. The work can be hazardous, especially when working near recycling equipment and large, heavy bundles and bales of materials and products. They may encounter hazards such as glass shards, used syringes, or fumes from oil residue. Workers wear protective clothing and gear, and follow safety procedures to reduce and prevent injuries. 

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