£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£23,920 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Refuse and salvage collectors supervise and undertake the collection and processing of refuse from household, commercial and industrial premises.

Main Tasks

  • Rides in or on refuse vehicle and alights to pick up domestic refuse;
  • Carries waste material in dustbins or other containers from premises to refuse vehicle;
  • Empties refuse into vehicle manually or using an electronic tipping device;
  • Returns dustbins or other containers to premises;
  • Collects scrap metal, salvage, paper and other recyclable material from domestic and industrial premises, and sorts material in preparation for recycling;
  • Attends the operation of refuse tips, supervises the use of public refuse disposal facilities, and compacts and covers up refuse at landfill sites.


No academic qualifications are required. Training is provided on-the-job. A minimum age limit of 18 years normally applies.

UK Prospects

46100 Workforce Size
0.25% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
4686 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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