A recycling officer is responsible for environmental and waste reduction within a local authority. This is done through recycling schemes, with the recovery and re-use of a wide range of materials including glass, paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and textiles.
You could be:
organising recycling of a range of materials for use in new products
improving existing recycling systems and developing new ones to meet national targets
collecting and comparing statistics to write reports on meeting future targets
negotiating contracts with outside companies to recover and re-use materials
advising local businesses on recycling and waste disposal
managing budgets, producing financial forecasts and submitting data to regulatory bodies
producing materials and giving presentations about recycling initiatives and to inform the public
organising the distribution of recycling and composting bins and boxes
keeping up to date with European policy and legislation on waste management.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organization you work for
the demand for the job.
Pay rates for recycling officers are usually around £22,000 to £36,000 a year. Senior managers may earn up to £45,000 or more.
You would normally work a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday.
You would spend part of your working day supervising recycling plants.
You might have to travel to different sites.
You may visit schools and community groups to give talks on recycling.
You will spend time visiting companies to advise on waste management.
Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website has a section aimed at 14 to 19 year olds on careers in these sectors.