Recycler/​Dismantler
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
33d ago

Pay for recyclers / dismantlers varies depending on experience and responsibilities.

  • New recyclers / dismantlers usually start on the minimum wage or a little more.
  • Recyclers / dismantlers experienced in plant and equipment operation can earn between $18 and $25 an hour.
  • Recyclers / dismantlers with managerial experience, or who run their own businesses, can earn more than this.
  • Source : Association of Automotive Dismantlers and Recyclers Christchurch, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Recyclers may do some or all of the following :

  • sort materials, such as paper, plastics, glass, and green waste
  • press paper, plastic, and metal cans into bales
  • collect and dispose of solid and hazardous waste
  • operate fork-lifts to load or unload materials.
  • Dismantlers may do some or all of the following :

  • identify and sort different metals for processing or resale
  • assess vehicles and make offers to buy them
  • assess buildings and make offers to deconstruct them
  • remove all saleable parts from vehicles and buildings
  • sell parts to garages and the public, and sell vehicle remnants for scrap metal
  • sell recycled / salvaged building materials to the public.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Recyclers / dismantlers need to have :

  • knowledge of sorting and grading requirements for different materials
  • thorough understanding of safety procedures and lifting techniques
  • knowledge of the value of scrap metal, wood, fixtures, parts and recyclable materials
  • mechanical skills for using workshop tools and dismantling vehicles and buildings into usable parts quickly and carefully.
  • Some recyclers / dismantlers need to be able to drive heavy vehicles such as trucks, or operate heavy machinery such as fork-lifts.

    Working conditions

    Recyclers / dismantlers :

  • work regular business hours or longer, and may work weekends
  • work indoors and outdoors at recycling depots, garages, workshops, and car-wrecking and demolition yards
  • may work in noisy and dirty conditions.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a recycler / dismantler, as skills are gained on the job. However, some employers may require you to have a driver's licence, a heavy vehicle licence, or a fork-

    lift (F) endorsement on your driver's licence. Other employers may help you to gain your licence on the job.

    Some recyclers / dismantlers choose to work towards national certificates or diplomas in areas such as zero waste and resource recovery, scrap metal recycling, composting or solid waste disposal.

    These qualifications are available through the industry training organisation MITO.

    Personal requirements

    Recyclers / dismantlers need to be :

  • adaptable
  • reliable and punctual.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for recyclers / dismantlers includes :

  • volunteer work at a community recycling centre
  • physical labour
  • forklift and loader driving
  • Physical requirements

    Recyclers / dismantlers need to be reasonably fit and strong as they may be on their feet for long periods, and have to lift heavy objects.

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