CPPCLO3019 – Deliver recyclable materials Copy

CPPCLO3019 – Deliver recyclable materials Copy


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Element 4: Deliver recyclable materials

4.1. Recyclable materials are identified and separated according to health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify recyclable materials in the workplace
  • Separate materials into appropriate categories.

Recyclable materials

Some waste can be reused for the same or different purposes through recycling. For example, used paper can be remade into new paper, forming a continuous loop. Recycling may reduce costs for the organisation while minimising the impact on the environment; in this case, it reduces the cost of further paper and eliminates the need to cut down trees. You should identify how much of the waste the organisation produces is recyclable.

Waste that can be recycled includes:

  • All types of paper, books and cardboard
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Electronics.

Some waste can’t be recycled but have valuable components inside them. For example, car batteries contain lead which can be reused, as can gold in circuit boards. The expensive components can be salvaged to save the organisation money and preserve natural resources.

The organisation should separate recyclable and unavoidable waste as soon as possible. This saves both time and money later on. They should have information on which categories waste fits into to ensure it is used as productively as possible. They can then use one of the methods of calculation from the previous chapter to determine the quantities of it. When doing this, take into account that the volumes of containers for recyclable and other waste will likely be different.


4.2 – Recyclable materials are transferred safely to dedicated recycling collection units for each type of material according to health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Transfer materials to the recycling collection unit
  • Understand and follow health and safety/company requirements

Transporting recyclable materials

Not every organisation has dedicated recycling collection units on site; instead, they may be found in the local community. Therefore, you will need to transport or arrange transportation for the recyclable items to the appropriate location.

Recyclable materials may be transported by:


Recycling services

Cleaning employees

Other organisation employees.

You may have to research what recycling collection units are available in your area and how best to transport the material there. If you have any items you are unsure if they will accept, such as large items, contact them first for confirmation.

Some recycling collection units will take most types; however others may specialise in what they accept (e.g. just paper, just metal.) You should ensure that each type of material is disposed of properly.

When you are transporting recyclable materials, be aware of health and safety issues such as:

Manual handling when loading and unloading materials

Sharps in recyclable materials (e.g. tin cans)

Driving with heavy loads in a vehicle.

Make sure you still use appropriate equipment and PPE if necessary. Although recyclable materials will generally be less hazardous than biological waste, there may still be some hazards present, particularly when there are metals involved. Check the materials beforehand, so you know which equipment and PPE to use. Gloves and safety clothes for sharp items and safety boots for heavy items are advisable.


4.3 – Recycling containers and surrounds are spot cleaned according to health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Visually inspect recycling containers and surrounding areas
  • Spot clean using the appropriate chemicals according to health and safety/company requirements.

Spot cleaning recycling containers

As with regular rubbish bins in Chapter 2.3, you will have to clean recycling containers once they are empty. This is to prevent any waste from accumulating in them and making  them unsanitary.

Visually inspect the recycling containers and the surrounding areas and check for any debris, marks or stains. For example, if the recycling materials used to contain food, these may have leaked out into the container. Also, materials may have spilled out onto the container. This is particularly relevant if the container is inside, but also pay attention to the floor in outside areas.

When you identify stains, don’t clean the entire container. Only focus on the bits that need cleaning, as this will save you time.

Cleaning chemicals you may use include:

Acid cleaners

Alkaline cleaners

Low environmental impact chemicals

Neutral cleaners

Solvent cleaners.

Also be aware of any relevant company requirements. For example, you may need to clean stains within 24 hours of them appearing.

Try to create a schedule for when you check if the containers need spot cleaning to ensure they are kept in good condition. (The longer stains are left, the more likely they are to become permanent.)

4.4 – Recycling containers are checked and replaced in designated locations

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Replace recycling containers after cleaning
  • Monitor recycling containers’ condition.

Checking and replacing recycling containers

You should check whether the recycling containers are in suitable condition. (As mentioned in the last chapter, this should be done on a regular basis, such as whenever you empty them.)

You may need to check the containers for:





Water residue.

(The exact requirements will depend on your organisation’s standards and the type of material they are made from, e.g. plastic, metal.)

You will also need to ensure that the containers are suitable for the job they are required for. Check what volume and types of recyclable materials are being placed in them. You may need to exchange the containers for more suitable ones (or speak to the organisation about doing this.)

When recycling containers have been checked, you will need to replace them in the appropriate place. It is important to do this promptly; otherwise, recyclable waste will build up or be thrown away in general waste bins. If recycling containers are missing for too long, employees may lose enthusiasm for recycling initiatives.

4.5 – Transfer of recyclable materials is documented according to company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Document transfer of recyclable materials according to organisation requirements

Documenting recyclable materials

Some local authorities and governments require organisations to document the transfer of recyclable materials. This information will also be useful when investigating your organisation’s progress in recycling materials.

You may need to document:


Types of materials

Method of transport


Date and time.

Speak to your supervisor if you are unsure of how to fill the document out, or need information about how to collect any other relevant information.

An example of a recycling document is:

It may be helpful to complete the documents before and during you complete the transfer of materials to improve accuracy; completing it afterwards could lead to you forgetting various details.

Ensure that you meet your organisation’s requirements for filling in documentation. You may need to store it in an appropriate area so that it is reviewable in future, or submit it to a relevant manager. Your organisation may also have standards of legibility and handwriting when filling in documents; ensure that you meet these whenever possible.