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Recycling and Reclamation Workers


Recycling and reclamation workers sort recyclable materials such as aluminum, glass, and paper from households and businesses. They prepare these materials for recycling by identifying and removing hazardous substances. These workers may also dismantle components in recyclable appliances and other types of products. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were approximately 244,700 recycling and reclamation workers in the United States in 2018.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Recycling or Solid Waste Management Consultant

Recycling Coordinator

Supervisor, Recycling and Reclamation

Recycling and Reclamation Worker

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