Profession solid waste operator

Solid waste operators operate and maintain solid waste treatment and distribution equipment, and test samples to monitor pollution. They assist in the collection and disposal of solid waste, such as construction and demolition debris, and ensure treatment is compliant to safety regulations. They ensure community waste containers are emptied, ensure proper differentiation between waste which needs to be recycled or disposed of, and monitor equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Waste management

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

  • Waste and scrap products

    The offered waste and scrap products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

Skills

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Control delivered waste

    Carry out receiving controls identifying, inspecting and declaring the delivered waste.

  • 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.

  • Maintain recycling records

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

  • Monitor waste treatment equipment

    Monitor the operations of equipment used for the treatment and disposal of hazardous or non-hazardous waste to ensure that it is functional, compliant with legislation, and to check for faults.

  • Assess waste type

    Identify waste materials during collection and sorting operations which can either be recycled, disposed of, or otherwise treated, in order to assess the way in which they need to be treated and sorted.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • 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.

  • Communicate with waste collectors

    Communicate with workers who collect waste from various places and transport it to the waste treatment facilities in order to ensure optimal cooperation and efficient operation of waste treatment and disposal procedures.

  • Test samples for pollutants

    Measure concentrations of pollutants within samples. Calculate air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes. Identify potential safety or health risks such as radiation.

  • Operate recycling processing equipment

    Operate recycling processing equipment such as granulators, crushers and balers; process and sort materials to be recycled.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Dispose of non-hazardous waste

    Dispose of waste materials which pose no risk to health and safety in a manner which complies with recycling and waste management procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

install recycling containers monitor civic amenity sites inspect recycling procedures hazardous waste types collect domestic waste establish waste collection routes collect industrial waste maintain waste collection records store sorted waste dispose of hazardous waste sort waste pollution prevention remove debris waste transport legislation empty community waste collection bins advise on waste management procedures

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