Rubbish / recycling collectors usually earn between minimum wage and $20 an hour. Owner-drivers earn more, but they have more costs to consider, such as vehicle maintenance.
Source : Waste Management New Zealand Limited, September 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Rubbish / recycling collectors may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Rubbish / recycling collectors need to have knowledge of :
Ability to drive a heavy vehicle, forklift or vehicle with tracks or rollers is also useful.
Rubbish / recycling collectors :
There are no specific requirements to become a rubbish / recycling collector. However, MITO is currently developing three resource recovery qualifications.
To become a rubbish / recycling truck driver, you need to have a heavy vehicle driver's licence. It may also be helpful to have a licence with an F, R, T or W endorsement, so you can drive forklifts or vehicles with rollers or tracks.
To drive a forklift you must also have an occupational safety and health (OSH) certificate.
Rubbish / recycling collectors need to be :
Useful experience for rubbish / recycling collectors includes any work involving physical labour or driving heavy vehicles.
Rubbish / recycling collectors need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong, as they have to do a lot of running, lifting and throwing.