Working for local councils, recycling officers help to plan and develop the councils’ environmental action plans, and carry out schemes for recycling waste materials such as glass, paper and cans. All councils have someone responsible for recycling policies, working for either environmental services or cleansing departments. Sometimes the work is combined with areas such as waste management, environmental health or community activities.
Typical duties of a recycling officer include some, or all, of the following:
Recycling officers normally work flexible hours during the daytime over 39 hours, Monday to Friday. There may be part-time and job share opportunities.
The work is office-based, but generally involves some outdoor work, travelling to check on recycling areas, looking for new sites, and visiting companies and local groups to talk about recycling plans and policies.
Some recycling jobs may involve hands-on work in unhygienic environments for which protective clothing is provided, particularly gloves and masks. A driving licence may be useful.
To be a recycling officer you should have:
The main employers are local council waste management and refuse collection services.
It may be necessary to move from council to council to pursue promotion opportunities. There are limited opportunities to manage waste and recycling sections, and there is the opportunity to move into private sector work.
There are opportunities to move into related areas of work within local authorities, such as environmental projects officer or environmental co-ordinator.
If you would like to know anything about Recycling Officer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
9 Saxon Court
St Peter's Gardens
Tel: 01604 620426
Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB)
3 The Lakes
Tel: 01604 231950