Just under 54 million tonnes of waste, including plastic, paper, glass and other general waste go to South African landfills annually. 60% of this waste produced at source can be recycled. Waste sorters play a big role in supporting a culture of recycling by identifying and sorting different items that can be recycled, reused and repurposed from that which needs to be disposed of in a landfill site.
Waste material sorters sometimes work in sorting facilities, classifying incoming waste. Some work in open spaces or plants. They could work individually or in teams with other sorters and require protective clothing due to the hazardous nature of their work.
Waste material sorters need a good knowledge of the types of materials that can be recycled or reused and can additionally benefit from:
Sort materials according to recycling grades and types
Wash recyclable materials when necessary
Inspect and perform maintenance and repairs on recycling equipment
Clean the recycling work area, removing potential safety hazards
No formal qualification is required; however, training can be achieved on the job amongst other experienced sorters.
Material recovery facilities.
Waste management companies.