Recycling Coordinator  What They Do

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Recycling Coordinators Career Video



Supervises curbside and drop-off recycling programs for municipal governments or private firms.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Oversees recycling pick-up or drop-off programs to ensure compliance with community ordinances.
  • Maintains logs of recycling materials received or shipped to processing companies.
  • Supervises recycling technicians, community service workers, or other recycling operations employees or volunteers.
  • Reviews customer requests for service to determine service needs and deploys appropriate resources to provide service.
  • Provides training to recycling technicians or community service workers on topics such as safety, solid waste processing, or general recycling operations.
  • Identifies or investigates new opportunities for materials to be collected and recycled.
  • Assigns truck drivers or recycling technicians to routes.
  • Creates or manages recycling operations budgets.
  • Prepares bills of lading, statements of shipping records, or customer receipts related to recycling or hazardous material services.
  • Inspects physical condition of recycling or hazardous waste facility for compliance with safety, quality, and service standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Recycle Coordinator --
  • Recycling Director --
  • Recycling Manager --
  • Recycling Program Manager --
  • Recycling Specialist --
  • Route Supervisor --
  • Solid Waste Division Supervisor --
  • Waste Reduction Coordinator --