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Waste Management Officer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Waste Management Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Waste Management Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Waste Management Officer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Waste management officers work in local government, overseeing the safe disposal of waste. They work either for a county waste disposal authority or a district or borough waste collection authority. There are four main areas of work to manage: waste collection, waste recycling, waste disposal and waste regulation.

The work involves organising staff (often external contractors) for waste collection, and ensuring that disposal and recycling facilities are operating satisfactorily. In recycling, items such as paper, aluminium, glass, cardboard and textiles, are used to make new items, while most non-recycled waste goes to landfill sites for burial. Sites must be carefully chosen, access roads built, and licences issued to contractors.

The handling, treatment and disposal of waste is overseen by the Waste Regulation Authority (WRA). This body regulates and monitors pollution control, licensing and storage practices. Waste management officers must ensure compliance with waste control regulations.

Waste management officers collating and prepare statistical information for relevant local authority committees, and may be involved in developing and managing recycling projects.

Hours and Environment

Waste management officers work 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Overtime and weekend work is often required, as waste disposal and recycling facilities are open seven days a week.

Much of the work is office-based. However, a driving licence is essential as the job involves visiting contractors and facilities.

Skills and Interests

A waste management officer should:

  • have excellent communication and administrative skills
  • be able to deal with a wide range of people including members of the public, fellow professionals, contractors and regulators
  • have an interest and knowledge of the requirements for the efficient and effective management of waste
  • be fully conversant with relevant waste control regulations
  • be able to interpret statistical information
  • be computer literate, with the ability to use spreadsheets and databases
  • be able to compile and present reports.


Entry is normally with a degree or BTEC higher national certificate or diploma (HNC/HND) in an appropriate subject. These include waste management, chemistry, biological sciences, civil engineering or geology. Minimum entry for a degree course is five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus two A level/three Highers. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

There is a range of postgraduate qualifications available with modules in waste management. Most courses are available full-time, but some are offered on a part-time modular basis.

Employers may also require membership of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).


Training is gained through completing relevant qualifications. CIWM offers the following:
Certificate in Supervisory Management - intended for anyone looking to move into supervisory positions in waste management;
Structured Education and Training Scheme (SET) - designed to assist new graduates to acquire the practical skills required to develop a career in the waste management industry;A range of continuing professional development courses.

CIWM membership is available at various levels up to Chartered Waste Manager depending on the candidate's qualifications. There is also range of NVQ/SVQs on offer, including Waste Management Operations (Non-Statutory) at Levels 1 to 4 (these awards relate to unregulated settings), and Waste Management Operations at Levels 3 and 4 (these awards relate to regulated settings). The above NVQ awards in waste management are jointly certified by City & Guilds and the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board.


Promotion is possible within waste disposal and collection authorities, although relocation may be necessary to achieve this.

There are opportunities to move into related areas of work within local authorities, such as environmental projects officer or environmental co-ordinator.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrants earn around £13,500 a year.
More experienced officers can expect to earn around £20,000.
Officers in senior or management positions can earn around £30,000.

Further information

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
9 Saxon Court
St Peters Gardens
Tel: 01604 620426

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board
Peterbridge House
3 The Lakes
Tel: 01604 231950

Local Government Careers

Other Useful Waste Management Officer Work Information

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