Careers in Recycling and Waste Reduction

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What these careers are about

This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.
Career nameAvg salary

Recycling Workers

prepare and sort materials or products for recycling. Identify and remove hazardous substances. Dismantle components of products such as appliances.
$55530

Recycling Coordinators

supervise curbside and drop-off recycling programs for municipal governments or private firms.
$49670

Hazmat Removal Workers

identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
$44150

Garbage and Trash Collectors

collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
$36370

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