Waste Manager Job Description

Updated: March 3, 2018

Position Overview

If working as a waste manager is what you want to do, you will have to obtain a degree in waste management or environmental sciences.

The work of a waste manager is complex and challenging, and you have to come out on top to be able to do justice to it.

Working as a waste manager means that you will need to know all there is to know about waste management techniques, and government policies governing waste management in your area.

As a waste manager, your prime duty will be to create and implement strategies to ensure that waste is properly disposed of. If you want to work at this position, you have to be on your feet (figuratively speaking) at all times. Budget management and the ability to ensure that all waste disposal activities comply with environmental laws and regulations will all be part of your work.

Moreover, you will be expected to manage refuse collectors directly, and ensure that you monitor all implemented plans efficiently. Working in this position also means that you have to possess a strategic mind, and an inherent ability to analyze situations, and strategize plans to counter waste management issues.

To see what duties you will be performing in the role of a waste manager, have a look at the following list of job duties particular to this position:


Waste Manager Duties & Responsibilities


• Devise core and well-placed strategies to ensure both new and existing refuse reduction.

• Manage budgets, and ensure that quotas and national and self-targets are appropriately met.

• Create and maintain effective liaison with environmental experts to obtain required information and support.

• Meet with community representatives, and industrial companies, to obtain assistance in tailoring and modifying implemented strategies.

• Promote recycling and safe waste disposal projects, and analyze statistics on waste levels.

• Advise companies, communities, and individuals in the several ways that they can follow to reduce waste.

• Monitor the service of local waste collection representatives, and provide required assistance and feedback.

• Oversee waste management schemes, and supervise the transportation of waste to ensure that it is done safely, and efficiently.

• Develop informational and promotional materials relating to waste management and recycling.

• Ascertain that waste management and recycling targets are met, and deal with inquiries and complaints from onboard members and organizations.

• Investigate incidents of illegal dumping of waste, working with members of the waste regulation enforcement staff.

• Develop research projects related to waste management, and contribute to the activities of groups concerned with waste management.