Roles and tasks of the recycling centre manager

Recycling centre managers play an essential role in the collection and sorting of organic and recyclable waste. The main tasks of a recycling centre manager are as follows:

  • Collecting and sorting organic and recyclable waste for recycling and reuse.
  • Supervising sorting and recycling staff and ensuring their safety and well-being.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with customers and suppliers.
  • Manage and monitor stocks and incoming and outgoing materials.
  • Plan and organise activities to promote awareness of and participation in the circular economy and recycling.
  • Develop and implement strategies to improve the efficiency and quality of recycling services.
  • Ensure compliance with recycling and waste management regulations and procedures.
  • Participate in seminars, training and conferences to better understand international trends and developments in recycling.
  • Collecting data and reporting on recycling activities and progress.
  • Promote educational and community programmes to encourage participation in the circular economy.

The recycling centre manager is one of the key players in the fight against pollution and the creation of waste. As well as encouraging the reuse of resources, they take part in activities to promote recycling and raise public awareness of these practices.

Salary and career development of a recycling centre manager

A recycling centre manager is responsible for supervising and managing the day-to-day operations of a recycling centre, including the collection and recycling of materials. Recycling centre managers are also responsible for developing and implementing environmental awareness and waste prevention programmes. The salary of a recycling centre manager varies according to their level of experience and qualifications. Gross annual salary in France for a recycling centre manager, depending on experience:

  • 0 to 2 years: €17,500 to €22,000
  • 2 to 5 years: €22,500 to €28,500
  • 5 to 10 years: 28,500 to 35,000 euros
  • 10 to 15 years: 35,000 to 42,000 euros
  • More than 15 years: 42,000 to 50,000 euros

As a recycling centre manager, there are several possible career paths:

  • Senior recycling centre manager: supervising recycling and waste processing operations.
  • Environmental technician: assessing the environmental and economic impact of recycling activities.
  • Waste recycling specialist: implementing waste recycling procedures and technologies.
  • Waste recycling consultant: helping companies and organisations to adopt more sustainable recycling practices.
  • Waste recycling project manager: coordinate and supervise innovative recycling projects.

Advantages and disadvantages of a recycling centre manager


You have the opportunity to contribute to a sustainable and ecologically sound activity.

You can train others to reduce their consumption and recycle.

You have an opportunity to network with other recycling and environmental professionals.

You benefit from the pride and sense of well-being that comes from helping to preserve the environment.

You can get great satisfaction from seeing the results of your work and helping the community to be more responsible about waste management.


Working hours can be unpredictable and overtime can be frequent.

You may have to deal with restrictive regulations, standards and environmental requirements.

Your work may be stressful and require a high level of concentration, and may include difficult and unpleasant tasks.

You may be exposed to harmful substances and unpleasant odours.

You'll have to manage financial issues and work with colleagues who may not agree with your point of view.

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