Waste plant manager Environmental services manager, waste contracts manager
Waste plant managers oversee the day-to-day operations of waste facilities, recycling plants and landfill sites.
1. Entry requirements
- waste management service experience
- knowledge of waste legislation
- to pass the Operator Competence Scheme (often known as COTC)
2. Skills required
- negotiating skills
- the ability to build good customer relationships
- IT skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- monitoring and assessing waste that comes into the plant
- making sure the plant meets environmental and safety standards
- applying for and renewing operating permits for each type of waste
- managing staff
- negotiating contracts with commercial clients
- developing new business
- writing reports for regional managers or head office
Starter: £30,000 to £35,000
Experienced: £35,000 to £45,000
Highly Experienced: £45,000 to £65,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work between 37 to 40 hours a week.
You’ll be office based on site but you’ll visit the plant or facility regularly to get updates from staff, supervisors and engineers.
6. Career path and progressionYou could improve your career prospects by gaining chartered manager status with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.
This could lead to roles like regional manager or waste consultant, specialising in areas like environmental legislation.
You could also work in related industries like water treatment or ‘green energy’.
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Last updated: 16 April 2018
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