Recycling Coordinators

Recycling coordinators manage recycling programs for city, county, or state governments or large organizations, such as colleges or military bases. They work with waste haulers and material recovery facilities to arrange for collecting, sorting, and processing recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and paper from households and businesses. Recycling coordinators are often responsible for educating the public about the value of recycling as well as instructing residents on how to properly separate recyclables in their homes. Recycling coordinators keep records of recycling rates in their municipality and help set goals for diversion of recyclables from the waste stream.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Manage recycling programs for city, county, state governments, or other large organizations; educate the public about the importance of recycling
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Earth Science
  • Government
Experience Internship; Volunteer or part-time experience recommended; several year's experience required for senior positions
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Recycling or Solid Waste Management Consultant
  • Recycling Coordinator—Large City
  • Recycling Coordinator—Small Municipality

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