Profession recycling specialist

Recycling specialists research recycling policies and legislation, and supervise implementation in an organisation to ensure that waste management occurs according to regulations. They perform inspections, provide recycling equipment, and supervise recycling workers. They also advise organisations on ways they can improve their waste management procedures.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Hazardous waste storage

    The regulations and procedures surrounding the safekeeping of materials and substances which pose health and safety risks.

  • Waste management

    The methods, materials and regulations used to collect, transport, treat and dispose of waste. This includes recycling and monitoring of waste disposal.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.


  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Identify new recycling opportunities

    Investigate ideas and spot opportunities to improve the collection, process and recycling of waste materials.

  • Inspect recycling procedures

    Inspect the implementation of waste management and recycling procedures in an organisation, and the applicable legislation, in order to ensure compliance.

  • Update licenses

    Update and display all necessary licenses as required by regulatory agencies.

  • Follow recycling collection schedules

    Follow and apply waste collection schedules, handed out by the organisations who collect and process the materials for recycling, in order to optimise efficiency and service.

  • Maintain recycling records

    Maintain records and process facts and figures about type and volume of different recycling operations.

  • Promote environmental awareness

    Calculate the carbon footprint of business processes and other practices in order to promote sustainability and to raise awareness for the environmental impact.

  • Develop recycling programs

    Develop and coordinate recycling programs; collect and process recyclable materials in order to reduce waste.

  • Carry out environmental audits

    Use equipment to measure various environmental parameters in order to identify environmental problems and investigate manners in which they can be resolved, perform inspections in order to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

  • Manage recycling program budget

    Manage the annual recycling program and respective budget of an organisation.

  • Advise on waste management procedures

    Advise organisations on the implementation of waste regulations and on improvement strategies for waste management and waste minimisation, to increase environmentally sustainable practices and environmental awareness.

  • Ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations

    Implement and monitor company procedures for the collection, transport and disposal of waste, in compliance with all regulations and legal requirements.

  • Coordinate shipments of recycling materials

    Coordinate and oversee shipments of recycling materials. Communicate with processing companies and shipping brokers.

  • Train staff on recycling programs

    Train employees on the type of recycling methods and programs available for a company and all its procedures and policies that should be taken account of.

  • Obtain relevant licenses

    Comply with specific legal regulations, e.g. install the necessary systems and provide the necessary documentation, in order to obtain the relevant license.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Monitor legislation developments

    Monitor changes in rules, policies and legislation, and identify how they may influence the organisation, existing operations, or a specific case or situation.

  • Research recycling grant opportunities

    Research litter control and recycling loan and grant opportunities; follow up and complete application processes.

  • Oversee quality control

    Monitor and assure the quality of the provided goods or services by overseeing that all the factors of the production meet quality requirements. Supervise product inspection and testing.

Optional knowledge and skills

arrange equipment repairs manage health and safety standards use different communication channels ensure equipment availability recruit employees educate on recycling regulations manage contracts analyse environmental data follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures operate recycling processing equipment