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Recycling Officer

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Recycling Officer
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€25 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Responsible for planning and developing local environmental and waste reduction policies, and running recycling schemes.

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Recycling officers work to improve established recycling strategies and they develop new systems to collect and recycle waste in order to meet national targets. They also promote and advise the public on environmental issues.  
Recycling facilities include bottle, can, paper and textile banks. They are often in places that attract a lot of people and are easy to get to, for example car parks, supermarkets and housing estates. There are also recycling centres next tolandfill sites.  
Recycling officers are responsible for making sure that people have suitable recycling containers. For example, they may be asked to put waste into colour coded bins, bin liners or plastic boxes.  
Recycling officers may be responsible for arranging contracts with companies that take away waste material for recycling. They may also work with the owners of landfill sites.  
Recycling officers also have a very important educational role. This may involve giving talks to schoolchildren and other groups in the community that are interested in environmental issues. They may also arrange visits to recycling centres and promote recycling by producing leaflets and booklets.  
Recycling officers aim to increase the amount of material to be recycled and increase awareness on sustainable development. This involves a lot of planning. They carry out duties such as writing reports for council committees, keeping records and controlling budgets. They may also attend committee meetings of various groups and societies.

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Oversee recycling pick-up or drop-off programs to ensure compliance with community ordinances.


Supervise recycling technicians, community service workers, or other recycling operations employees or volunteers.


Assign truck drivers or recycling technicians to routes.


Coordinate recycling collection schedules to optimize service and efficiency.


Coordinate shipments of recycling materials with shipping brokers or processing companies.


Create or manage recycling operations budgets.


Design community solid and hazardous waste management programs.


Develop community or corporate recycling plans and goals to minimize waste and conform to resource constraints.


Implement grant-funded projects, monitoring and reporting progress in accordance with sponsoring agency requirements.


Investigate violations of solid waste or recycling ordinances.

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As a recycling officer you need to be aware of environmental issues. You need good spoken and written communication skills, and you should enjoy working with the public, as you need to be able to promote the concept of recycling and sustainable development to different groups and individuals. You also need good organisational and planning skills and the ability to negotiate. Good computer skills are essential.

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Go..Recycled Metals Worker - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Recycling Officer - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Recycling Operative - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Recycling/waste disposal officer - from: GradIreland

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: ENFO - Information on the Environment
Address: 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: (01) 888 2001
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Organisation: Chartered Institute of Wastes Management
Address: A1 Waste, 3 Broomhill Business Complex, Broomhill Road, Dublin 24
Tel: (01) 466 4483
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