Recycling Coordinators


Overview

Recycling Coordinators

Introduction

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 ...

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Median Salary

$55,060

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Organized

Earnings

Salaries vary widely for recycling coordinators depending upon their level of experience and the region in which the job is located. For example, positions in areas with a higher cost of living, such as California, Arizona, New York, and Washington, D.C., for example, tend to pay higher salaries to recycling coordinators.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median annual earnings ...

Work Environment

Recycling coordinators are essentially administrators. As such, they primarily work indoors, either in their offices or in meetings or giving speeches. Recycling coordinators need to watch costs, understand markets, and work within budgets. They should be able to be firm with contractors when necessary. They need to demonstrate good judgment and leadership, and they may need to justify their de...

Outlook

In November 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the percentage of municipal solid waste that is recycled has grown from about 10 percent in 1985 to slightly more than 35 percent in 2017. This suggests that there will be growing demand for recycling coordinators. As states strive to meet their increasingly ambitious waste-reduction and recycling goals, people who can make it ...

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