Refuse and Salvage Occupations

Refuse and salvage collectors supervise and undertake the collection and processing of refuse from household, commercial and industrial premises.


New workers

New workers start around £7,197. Normal pay is £17,195 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £37,391.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 51,998 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Attends the operation of refuse tips, supervises the use of public refuse disposal facilities, and compacts and covers up refuse at landfill sites.

  • Collects scrap metal, salvage, paper and other recyclable material from domestic and industrial premises, and sorts material in preparation for recycling.

  • Returns dustbins or other containers to premises.

  • Empties refuse into vehicle manually or using an electronic tipping device.

  • Carries waste material in dustbins or other containers from premises to refuse vehicle.

  • Rides in or on refuse vehicle and alights to pick up domestic refuse.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Waste Management

  • Machinery

  • Waste Collection

  • Manual Handling

  • Warehousing

  • Housekeeping

  • Forklift Truck

  • Risk Analysis

  • Recycling

  • Auditing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Sorting

  • Customer Service

  • Operations

  • Lifting Ability

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Collections

  • Strong Work Ethic

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.