Waste disposal and environmental services managers


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Waste disposal and environmental services managers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations and development of waste disposal and related environmental services facilities within private firms or public authorities.


Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications, including a degree or equivalent qualification in a related subject, and/or relevant experience. NVQ levels 3 and 4 and professional qualifications are available. Professional qualifications are available from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management and may be mandatory in some operational management posts.

Typical tasks

  • determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements;
  • manages and delegates tasks to staff and co-ordinates the maintenance and optimum utilisation of waste disposal and related equipment to provide an efficient service;
  • monitors levels of waste disposal, recycling and related environmental services, compiles statistics and produces reports;
  • liaises with members of the local community to educate and promote the concept of recycling and appropriate waste management;
  • keeps up to date with new legislation and liaises with appropriate regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with legislation regarding waste disposal and environmental services;
  • co-ordinates the resources and activities relating to the procurement, collection, storage, processing and sale of scrap metal and related products.

Common job titles

Manager (waste disposal)
Dealer, rag and bone
Manager, plant, recycling
Manager, reclamation
Manager, recycling
Manager, works, sewage
Merchant, rag and bone
Dealer, scrap
Dealer, metal, scrap
Broker, scrap
Manager, incinerator
Manager, environmental (refuse disposal)
Manager (sewage works)
Manager, reclaim
Manager, technical
Merchant, metal, scrap
Manager (refuse, waste disposal, sanitation)
Manager, operations, water
Manager, operations (waste disposal)
Owner, yard, scrap
Dealer, paper, waste
Owner, plant, recycling
Manager, site, landfill
Man, rag
Manager (recycling plant)
Merchant, salvage
Manager (cleansing services)
Man, rag and bone
Dealer, general
Manager, cleansing
Manager (local government: cleansing dept)
Manager (scrap merchants, breakers)
Manager (refuse disposal)
Owner (recycling plant)
Owner (scrap merchants, breakers)
Dealer, rag
Manager, yard (scrap merchants, breakers)
Manager, landfill
Merchant, scrap
Merchant, paper, waste
Manager, merchant, scrap