Recycler/Dismantler Kaihangarua/Kaiwetewete

Recyclers/dismantlers take apart, separate and sort materials to be recycled or reused.

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.

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.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for recyclers/dismantlers includes:

  • volunteer work at a community recycling centre
  • physical labour
  • forklift and loader driving
  • factory work.

Personal Qualities

Recyclers/dismantlers need to be:

  • motivated
  • efficient
  • 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
  • factory work.

Recycler/Dismantlers can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

Recyclers/dismantlers may progress into supervisory roles. They may also set up their own businesses. 

Recyclers may specialise in recycling a certain type of material such as metal, plastic or glass.

Automotive dismantlers often specialise in dismantling certain types of vehicles such as trucks, four-wheel drives or Japanese cars.

Recycler/Dismantler

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