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Green Occupation:
53-1021.01 - Recycling Coordinators

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Recycling coordinators work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction — This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Assign truck drivers or recycling technicians to routes.
  • Coordinate recycling collection schedules to optimize service and efficiency.
  • Coordinate shipments of recycling materials with shipping brokers or processing companies.
  • Create or manage recycling operations budgets.
  • Design community solid and hazardous waste management programs.
  • Develop community or corporate recycling plans and goals to minimize waste and conform to resource constraints.
  • Identify or investigate new opportunities for materials to be collected and recycled.
  • Implement grant-funded projects, monitoring and reporting progress in accordance with sponsoring agency requirements.
  • Inspect physical condition of recycling or hazardous waste facility for compliance with safety, quality, and service standards.
  • Investigate violations of solid waste or recycling ordinances.
  • Maintain logs of recycling materials received or shipped to processing companies.
  • Make presentations to educate the public on how to recycle or on the environmental advantages of recycling.
  • Negotiate contracts with waste management or other firms.
  • Operate fork lifts, skid loaders, or trucks to move or store recyclable materials.
  • Operate recycling processing equipment, such as sorters, balers, crushers, and granulators to sort and process materials.
  • Oversee campaigns to promote recycling or waste reduction programs in communities or private companies.
  • Oversee recycling pick-up or drop-off programs to ensure compliance with community ordinances.
  • Prepare bills of lading, statements of shipping records, or customer receipts related to recycling or hazardous material services.
  • Prepare grant applications to fund recycling programs or program enhancements.
  • Provide training to recycling technicians or community service workers on topics such as safety, solid waste processing, or general recycling operations.
  • Review customer requests for service to determine service needs and deploy appropriate resources to provide service.
  • Schedule movement of recycling materials into and out of storage areas.
  • Supervise recycling technicians, community service workers, or other recycling operations employees or volunteers.