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Waste Management and Recycling is a fast-evolving industry, tasked with transforming more than 400 million tonnes of UK waste into power and reusable raw materials each year.

83,000 recruits are needed in the waste industry by 2029. The waste management industry employs more than 141,000 people in the UK. These professionals collect, transport, treat and manage waste and recyclables, often at highly sophisticated energy from waste and landfill sites.


Why work in Waste?

A highly skilled workforce is needed to work with the new and emerging technologies. If you have a passion for protecting the environment, you’ll have every opportunity to enjoy a rich and rewarding career with a great salary and benefits package.

Waste Management and Recycling is a fulfilling area of work to get into. Helping to reduce the environmental impact of waste. There are many different types of roles with exciting career prospects. Roles include:

  • Renewable Energy Engineering Graduate Programme
  • Loader / Operative
  • Site Manager
  • Waste Management Officer
  • Mobile Plant Operator
  • Laboratory Sampler

Be inspired by our ‘Energy from Waste Graduate story at FCC’ and ‘Graduate Apprentice at FCC’.

The future of Waste

A circular economy is part of the solution to our global climate emergency – turning the old waste sector into a resource industry. The aim is to recycle as much as we can but extracting value – in the form of energy – from the waste that can’t be recycled is an equally important part of the approach.

  • Energy from waste
  • Energy crops on landfill sites
  • Refuse derived fuel
  • Composting

By joining the sector you will be helping to drive the UK towards a circular economy and a greener future. 

The waste management industry employs more than 141,000 people in the UK.
– Energy & Utilities Industry Profiles, Energy & Utilities Partnership, 2021


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