Over 54 million tonnes of waste is generated and sent to landfills in South Africa annually, most of which are fast reaching their capacity. Recycling waste materials addresses the challenges of decreasing landfill capacity, as well as threats to the environment through for example, greenhouse gas emissions and leached waste. The recycling sector is fast growing in South Africa and provides over 58 000 people with income-generating opportunities.
Waste recyclers work in teams to sort through and organise waste material into recycling categories. They can work long hours and be exposed to hazardous materials.
Waste recyclers require a good knowledge of the different types of recyclable materials. They will additionally benefit from:
Weigh and record incoming recycling materials
Grade and sort materials according to quality and value
Clean and bale materials to transport and sell to recycling plants
Operate machinery to stack or load sorted materials
No formal qualification is required; however, training is attained on the job amongst other experienced recyclers.
Waste management companies.