Recycling Officers

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Recycling officers are responsible for advising about, developing and implementing waste recycling policies and schemes.

Administrative duties include:

  • managing contractors

  • working with the media and the general public

  • developing policies

  • promoting recycling via publications, talks and workshops

  • managing community recycling initiatives

  • visiting locally based recycling centres, companies, schools and community organisations

  • maintaining budgets

  • monitoring facilities

  • keeping statistical records

  • preparing reports, plans, publicity materials and displays.


Qualifications and training required


There are routes into becoming a recycling officer for both graduates and school leavers.

For graduates, any degree discipline is acceptable for entry into the profession, although a relevant qualification in a scientific subject such as environmental science, earth sciences, biology, chemistry or materials science may be preferred. A postgraduate qualification in waste/environmental management can be beneficial, particularly for graduates without an appropriate first degree.


Key skills for recycling officers


  • Management skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Oral/written communication skills

  • A genuine interest in the environment

Knowledge of appropriate environmental legislation can be helpful for job applications.


Typical employers of recycling officers


Recycling officers are primarily employed by local authorities (county, district, borough and metropolitan councils) to reduce domestic and industrial waste by increasing what is reused.


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