How to become a recycling operative
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do an intermediate apprenticeship as a waste resource operative.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply to companies directly if you've got relevant skills and experience, for example from working in waste collection.
You may have an advantage if you've had forklift truck training or can drive a large goods vehicle.
An employer may give you training on the job, for example to get your large goods vehicle licence.
You can find out more about becoming a recycling operative from Energy & Utilities jobs and the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.