Waste management jobs involve organising and managing the collection and transportation of waste from businesses and households.
Employers of waste management specialists usually expect candidates to have a higher level qualification, such as a degree in environmental management, biology or environmental science, as well as significant experience of working in a waste management, recycling or conservation role. Postgraduate qualifications relating to waste management are likely to put candidates at a distinct advantage. Training for new recruits is usually carried out on-the-job, under the supervision of experienced staff, and may be combined with study for The Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board’s qualifications.
Waste management experts are mainly employed by local authorities across the UK. Some work for environmental agencies, private waste management businesses, industrial organisations, specialist waste management consultancies and conservation projects. While the number of job opportunities for waste managers is increasing due to changes in the law and higher targets for recycling, competition for jobs can be fierce. Waste management employment openings tend to be publicised through The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) website and relevant recruitment agencies.
Starting salaries for waste management officers may be around £20,000 a year. More experienced staff may earn around £30,000 a year. Operations managers may earn up to £40,000 a year.