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
£ 7,197
£ 17,195
£ 37,391

Available jobs

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

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

  • Management

  • Lifting Ability

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Collections

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

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.