Bin workers remove waste and recyclables from homes and businesses for disposal or recycling.
Salary range: £15,000 to £25,000
How to become a bin worker
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in sustainable resource management or waste collection.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly to job vacancies. Employers set their own entry requirements.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to work on your own
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- be over 18 years of age
You’ll need a large goods vehicle (LGV) licence to work as a bin collection or waste collection driver.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- moving bags, bins and recycling bins and boxes
- using a lifting mechanism to tip the waste from bins into the lorry
- throwing plastic bags into the back of the lorry
- crushing the waste
- sorting recyclable materials at the kerbside
- guiding the driver safely around streets
- reporting any problems with waste collections
- helping to unload the waste at designated facilities
- recording the amount of waste collected
You could work in the community or at a waste recycling site.
Your working environment may be dirty, physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to team leader or supervisor.
With further training you could become a waste management officer or recycling officer.