Recycling Coordinators

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Waste Reduction Coordinator
  • Solid Waste Division Supervisor
  • Route Supervisor
  • Route Rider Supervisor
  • Recycling Technician
  • Recycling Specialist
  • Recycling Program Manager
  • Recycling Operator
  • Recycling Operations Manager
  • Recycling Manager
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What They Do

  • Design community solid and hazardous waste management programs.
  • Make presentations to educate the public on how to recycle or on the environmental advantages of recycling.
  • Implement grant-funded projects, monitoring and reporting progress in accordance with sponsoring agency requirements.
  • Investigate violations of solid waste or recycling ordinances.
  • Prepare grant applications to fund recycling programs or program enhancements.
  • Develop community or corporate recycling plans and goals to minimize waste and conform to resource constraints.
  • Coordinate recycling collection schedules to optimize service and efficiency.
  • Oversee campaigns to promote recycling or waste reduction programs in communities or private companies.
  • Schedule movement of recycling materials into and out of storage areas.
  • Operate fork lifts, skid loaders, or trucks to move or store recyclable materials.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $51,950 with most people making between $31,610 and $76,390


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,950 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 7,270 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 32 openings due to growth and about 228 replacement openings for approximately 260 total annual openings.

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