Waste management companies have to balance providing the best value service for their clients with safe waste disposal increases in landfill tax, packaging regulations and recycling targets.

QUALIFICATION – A degree in waste management or similar is often preferred. Other relevant subjects include:

  • biological or biochemical sciences
  • chemical and physical sciences
  • civil, structural or mechanical engineering
  • earth sciences
  • environmental science
  • geography and/or geology.

EXPERIENCE – More than 5 years in Solid waste management field


  • Ability to grasp complex and dynamic legislation
  • Capacity to explain, apply and monitor such legislation
  • effective communication skills, both oral and written
  • patience and resilience
  • analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • leadership and management qualities
  • good organizational and administrative skills
  • an interest in, and understanding of, environment and sustainability issues
  • good IT and general office skills


  • oversee waste management schemes, such as at landfill sites
  • supervise the transportation of waste to ensure that it takes place efficiently without contaminating air, land or water sources
  • assist with the development, promotion and implementation of new waste disposal schemes
  • ensure compliance with current legislation in the transportation, handling and disposal of waste
  • formulate and control budgets for waste disposal
  • collate statistics and compile reports often to strict deadlines
  • monitor the quality and performance of waste services, including contract management of external providers
  • assist with the development of information and promotional materials
  • aim to meet waste reduction and recycling targets
  • investigate and follow up claims of the illegal dumping of waste and work with other waste regulation enforcement staff
  • identify and target areas with fly tipping or black bag problems, working to find solutions to eliminate these consult with residents, community groups, councilors, housing associations and traders’ associations about waste management issues, identify their requirements and provide appropriate solutions
  • develop research projects and contribute to the activities of national groups concerned with waste disposal.