This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to sort and remove waste and recyclable materials in a range of workplace contexts.  This unit applies to cleaning personnel who sort, remove and recycle waste material. It includes the ability to assess the task, identify types of waste and recyclable materials, identify the safety specifications and procedures of the task, understand client requirements and apply company policies and procedures.

It applies to individuals who perform their duties alone or in a team environment, under routine supervision and without supervisory responsibilities.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - properly use personal protective equipment (PPE); - sort and remove waste and recyclable materials in two different workplace contexts; - selecting, using, and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE); - manual handling techniques; - communicating effectively with supervisor or clients; - understanding, clarifying, and following supervisor or client instructions; - disposing of collected waste, and; - recycling materials.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - procedures to safely Identify, separate and sort and remove recyclable materials; - industry-standard equipment such as, waste bins, rubbish bags, cleaning solutions and disinfecting products; - workplace requirements for undertaking all aspects of waste removal and recyclable materials; - methods for communicating and clarifying work requirements with supervisors and clients; verbally, in person or via phone, via electronic medium such as text and email, electronic or written reports, and; - workplace procedures.

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