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Waste plant manager

Waste plant managers oversee the day-to-day operations of waste facilities, recycling plants and landfill sites.

Annual Salary

£30,000 to £65,000

Working hours

37 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Waste plant manager jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties could include: 

  • monitoring and assessing waste that comes into the plant
  • making sure the plant meets environmental and safety standards
  • applying for and renewing operating permits for each type of waste
  • managing staff
  • negotiating contracts with commercial clients
  • developing new business
  • writing reports for regional managers or head office

You’ll need:

  • waste management service experience
  • knowledge of waste legislation
  • to pass the Operator Competence Scheme (often known as COTC)
Most employers will also expect you to have an HNC, HND, degree or diploma in chemistry, environmental science, or waste management operations.

£30,000 to £65,000

Starter salary: £30,000 to £35,000

Experienced salary: £35,000 to £45,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work between 37 to 40 hours a week.

You’ll be office based on site but you’ll visit the plant or facility regularly to get updates from staff, supervisors and engineers.

You could improve your career prospects by gaining chartered manager status with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

This could lead to roles like regional manager or waste consultant, specialising in areas like environmental legislation.


You could also work in related industries like water treatment or ‘green energy’.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • negotiating skills
  • the ability to build good customer relationships
  • IT skills
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