9612-Refuse sorters

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Refuse sorters
ISCO Code: 
Job Description: 
Refuse sorters identify, collect and sort discarded items suitable for recycling at dump sites and recycling enterprises or in buildings, streets and other public places.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) searching through refuse and collecting items for recycling from dump sites, domestic, commercial and industrial premises or from public places such as streets
  • (b) sorting cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, aluminium or other recyclable materials by type
  • (c) placing recyclable items and materials in designated compartments and containers for storage or transportation
  • (d) identifying and setting aside items of furniture, equipment, machinery, or components that are suitable for repair or re-use
  • (e) transporting recyclable items by hand or using non-motorized vehicles (f) selling recyclable or reusable materials.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
Recycling worker
Scrap merchant
Waste picker


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
Refuse collector - 9611
Street sweeper - 9613

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