Recycling officer

Recycling officers promote recycling in the community, and run local recycling schemes.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become a recycling officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

University

Many employers will ask for a higher national diploma or degree in waste management or environmental sciences, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could do a college course to learn some of the skills you need for this job, like a Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Sustainable Waste Management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing an advanced or higher apprenticeship in sustainable resource management. You could also do an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Volunteering and experience

Paid or unpaid experience working in waste management, or on local recycling or environmental projects, can help you get started if you do not have a higher education qualification.

Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a recycling officer. It will be helpful if you have a good standard of education, and experience of recycling projects and initiatives before applying.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in recycling from the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • managing local recycling facilities and collection services
  • reporting and monitoring
  • assessing tenders and managing contracts
  • managing budgets and funding applications
  • investigating complaints
  • recruiting and training volunteers

Working environment

You could work in local government, at a waste recycling site or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

You could move into freelance work as an environmental consultant.

With further study you could become a chartered waste manager.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £16,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Croydon CR0 2EE

2019 Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £16,500.00 Annually
  • Location: CR0 2EE

Courses In England

Environmental Science

  • Provider: The de Ferrers Academy
  • Start date: 05 September 2019
  • Location:

Environmental Science A level | AQA

  • Provider: Steyning Grammar School
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Steyning

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