Recycling officer

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Recycling officers plan and develop environmental and waste-reduction policies.
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What does a recycling officer do?

A large part of the work will involve promoting recycling to local communities, including schools and the media, as well as developing recycling policies and schemes and giving advice on recycling, waste reduction and environmental issues.

On a daily basis, recycling officers might also:

  • manage local recycling facilities and collection services
  • monitor and report on how often recycling services are used
  • assess tenders for work and manage contracts
  • manage budgets and put in applications for funding
  • investigate complaints from the public about local recycling schemes
  • recruit and train volunteers
  • keep up-to-date with best practice and current laws
In some roles, recycling officers might also have joint responsibility for recycling and waste management.

What do I need to do to become a recycling officer?

To get started in this role, some employers may want you to have an HNC/HND or a degree in waste management or environmental sciences.

You will not always need a higher level qualification if you have some relevant experience such as:

  • working on local recycling or environmental projects as a paid worker or volunteer
  • working as a technician or supervisor in the waste management industry

Related skills

  • Analytics
  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Time management

Desirable qualifications

  • HNC/HND or a degree in waste management or environmental sciences

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Where could I be working?

As a recycling officer, you could find work at a local authority, or with private waste and recycling contractors, community recycling groups or environmental charities.


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