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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

99510 Recycling Worker

Sorts through collected trash and debris for recyclable materials, and separates items into established categories such as aluminum, ferrous metals, glass, high grade white paper and corrugated paper. Discards contaminants and other items that can't be recycled. Conducts variety of tests such as magnetic checks and tests to determine solubility of glues and similar contaminants to determine type and quality of recyclable materials. Stores recyclable materials for maximum convenience of handling preparatory to shipment and for protection from deterioration. Operates forklift to transport and stock loaded pallets in warehouse, semi-tractor trailers and railroad boxcars. Prepares receipts and reports concerning materials collected and shipped. May assist in operating large capacity industrial machinery such as paper shredder, magnetic can separator, glass crusher, baler and compactor. May assist in performing preventive maintenance, minor repairs and lubrication of machinery. May disassemble scrap material, using hand tools.