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.

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

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