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Recycling Officers help plan and develop the environmental and waste reduction policies of local authorities. Jobs in recycling and waste management involve running local recycling schemes, educational programmes and community liaison initiatives. A recycling officer job description is described below:
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Recycling Officer Job Description: typical responsibilities
- highlighting the importance of recycling to the local community and media
- encouraging and initiating new recycling schemes
- monitoring the use of facilities
- monitoring and expanding existing schemes
- collecting data and compiling reports
- developing a recycling infrastructure
What qualifications do I need to be a Recycling Officer?
For waste management and recycling jobs relevant degree or HND subjects include life and medical science, physical/mathematical/applied science and engineering. Some employers may prefer graduates, but experience, personal qualities and knowledge of current environmental, waste management and recycling legislation and issues can compensate. Entry without a degree or HND is sometimes possible at technical support level, although candidates would be expected to have considerable relevant work experience. A pre-entry postgraduate qualification is not essential, but may be helpful, particularly in the area of waste or environmental management. A list of appropriate postgraduate courses can be obtained from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). A driving licence is essential for many posts. Knowledge of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act will also be advantageous.
- Starting salaries for recycling jobs range from £16,000 to £23,000*
- Salaries at senior level range from £26,000 to £35,000. In roles where policy writing is involved salaries can rise to between £40,000 and £55,000*
- There is a national local government salary structure but the level of appointment depends on the authority. Use of a car or car allowance is common.
*April 2006 data
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