Recycling officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£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
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


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 (CIWM).

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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You could get into this job through an 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 in if you don't have a higher education qualification.

Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a recylcing 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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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 an office or at a waste recycling site.

Career path and progression

You could move into freelance work as an environmental consultant.

With further study you could become a chartered waste manager.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Transfer Station Supervisor Apprentice

  • Wage : £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Goole DN14 6XL

Courses In England

Certificate in Principles of Sustainable Resource Management (QCF) Level 3

  • Start date: 01 January 2020
  • Location: Cardiff

CIPD Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice

  • Start date: 25 June 2020
  • Location: WORKINGTON

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