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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £19,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

Many employers will ask for an HNC, HND or degree in waste management or environmental sciences, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

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.

You could get into this job through an environmental conservation apprenticeship.

You'll usually need a driving licence.

CIWM has more information on becoming a recycling officer.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • the ability to analyse and interpret figures
  • management and leadership skills
  • report writing skills
  • the ability to manage budgets
  • IT skills
  • the ability to organise, prioritise and meet deadlines

3. What you'll do

You’ll promote recycling to local communities, schools and the media.

You’ll develop recycling policies and advise on recycling, waste reduction and environmental issues.

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

4. Salary

Starter: £19,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £26,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work standard office hours Monday to Friday.

You might work overtime if you’re setting up new schemes, attending evening meetings or running publicity events.

You’ll be based in an office, but will also travel in your local area to give talks, attend meetings and visit recycling sites.

6. Career path and progression

You could move into freelance work as an environmental consultant.

With further study you could become a chartered waste manager.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018