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Waste management officer

What do they do?

Waste management officers organise and manage waste disposal collection and recycling services and facilities. This role is responsible for making sure the waste management industry disposes waste safely with consideration for the environment whilst conforming to government regulations.

What’s a typical day like?

Much of the work is office based although the job can involve visiting contractors and facilities. A typical day might entail supervising the transport of waste, assisting with the development, promotion and implementation of new waste disposal schemes, collect statistics and create reports, consult with residents and community groups about waste management issues.

This job would suit people with:

  • Analytical, problem-solving and administrative skills

  • Effective communication skills

  • Ability to understand, explain, apply and monitor complex legislation

  • Leadership and management qualities

What makes it a green career?

Recycling and the appropriate disposal of waste is vital to reduce pollution caused by waste, furthermore recycling can reduce our need for raw materials. In ensuring that local authorities and organisations manage their waste in an environmentally friendly and appropriate way, the role can be considered a green career. 


What qualifications do you need?

A degree in waste management or relevant subjects including: biological sciences, civil/structural/mechanical engineering, geography, environmental science.

How much could you earn?

Starting salaries range from £22,000 - £25,000. At more senior levels, waste management officers can earn between £28,000 and £45,000. Operations managers or chartered waste managers can earn £45,000+.

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