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  • A man in a high-vis jacket is moving a red barrier at a municipal waste site.

    Keeping the work area clean and tidy.

  • A man in a high-vis jacket is placing things into a large skip.

    Recycling advisers have to make sure that waste is put into the correct skip.

  • A man in a high-vis jacket is tipping garden waste into a skip.  He is being helped by a person in a striped top.

    You need to enjoy practical work to be a recycling adviser.

  • A man in a high-vis jacket is helping a woman, wearing a grey cardigan, take things from her dark blue car.

    You need to be good at dealing with the public in this job.

Recycling Adviser


Recycling advisers work at municipal tips. They help people to get rid of their household waste and advise them on where different items should be put.

Also known as

  • Tip Worker
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre Operative

Video: - Mick: Recycling Adviser

Work Activities

Recycling advisers help people dispose of their rubbish. They work at municipal tip sites.

Tips are usually divided into colour-coded skips, with each skip being used for a different waste product, such as wood, metal, electrical goods or garden waste. The recycling adviser directs people towards the correct skip for the waste they have, and when needed, helps them unload their vehicles.

Advisers also sort and prepare recycled materials to get them ready for processing. This could mean using various machinery to crush the materials into smaller sizes. Recycling advisers carry out routine checks on the machinery and other equipment used at the tip.

Advisers are responsible for keeping the work area clean and tidy. They need to make sure the routes leading to and around skips are free of any debris which could result in damage to cars or injury to people using the tip.

Recycling advisers have to wear a uniform. They have to work outdoors in all types of weather.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To do this job well, you'll need to:

  • Know about the types of materials people take to waste sites.
  • Be physically active.
  • Feel comfortable using machinery.
  • Enjoy practical work.
  • Pay attention to health and safety.
  • Be good at dealing with the public.
  • Work well in a team.

This job might not be suitable for people who have skin conditions, such as eczema, or breathing complaints, such as asthma.

Pay and Opportunities


Pay rates for recycling advisers vary with employer and region. The pay rates given below are approximate.

Earnings are in the range of £240 - £280 a week, rising to £290 - £330 a week.

Hours of work

Recycling advisers work around 40 hours a week. However, in some areas, the working week can be longer than 40 hours. Shift work is the usual working method. Weekend work and work on public holidays might also be required. Overtime may be available.

What's happening in this work area?

The recycling industry is expected to see a lot of growth in the next few years. New workers will be needed to operate and maintain recycling machinery.

Where could I work?

Employers are waste management companies and local authorities.

Opportunities for recycling advisers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised on all the major job boards, on Universal Jobmatch, and at Jobcentre Plus.

Entry Routes and Training


You don't need qualifications to get into this job.

However, relevant work experience will always help you to stand out from the crowd. Maybe you could help with your schools recycling?


All training will be on the job. This could lead to various work-related qualifications, such as:

  • The Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) Level 1 Diploma for General Recycling Operative.
  • The WAMITAB Level 2 Diploma for Sustainable Recycling Activities.


With experience, and further training, it is possible to move into supervisory roles.


You don't need qualifications to get into this job.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.


Any skills gained from practical work will be useful for entry to this career.

Further Information


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