Recycling Programs Specialist

  • Recology Inc.
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Feb 12, 2020
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Management Sustainability Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description


As the largest 100% employee-owned company in the resource recovery industry, Recology has a unique workplace culture that guides how we support employees, interact with our customers, service our communities, and care for our environment.

We encourage Recology employees to G.R.O.W. with Us professionally and personally by:

  • Giving back to our communities and our environment by volunteering time and resources
  • Recovering resources to achieve their best and highest use
  • Exhibiting Ownership in a company that does the right things for the right reasons, ensuring that our actions benefit the company, the communities we serve, and our environment.
  • Working together to develop camaraderie and facilitate collaboration. By demonstrating an inclusive attitude that values different backgrounds and ideas, we can get the job done.

You can G.R.O.W. with Us by becoming our Recycling Programs Specialist


Under general direction, position is responsible for planning, direction, coordination, implementation and administration of recycling programs for the Region through a comprehensive approach involving regular contact with key commercial customers and local jurisdiction, education, community-wide services, and completing waste auditing services. Oversees recycling services and related operations of the Region.


  • Planning and administration of recycling programs for the Region through a comprehensive approach involving regular contact with key commercial customers and local jurisdiction, education, community-wide services, and completing waste auditing services. Oversees recycling services and related operations of the Region.
  • Manages and updates current contracts from key Commercial customers for recycling in franchised areas, secures new Commercial customers in both franchised and unregulated markets, and keeps records of recycling operations and submits reports as directed.
  • Prepares or assists in preparing related budgets and plans for equipment and staffing.
  • Assists Regional Manager in planning operations. May fill in for Regional Manager in public contacts, community activities, and Company activities.
  • Assists the Director of Regulatory Compliance as appropriate by reviewing pending legislation in order to recommend changes which are in the best interests of the community and the Company.
  • Researches, develops, and implements new residential and commercial recycling programs, in conjunction with the Operations staff and improves penetration of existing services (toters, compactors, sweepers, drop box).
  • Prepares and delivers speeches and presentations within the community and for customers. Attends and becomes active in local community organizations (Rotary, Chambers) as a representative of the company.
  • Develops literature and brochures promoting the company and its services, surveys routes to verify rates, services and efficiencies (size, frequency, quantity), and educates existing and new customers on various recycle and waste issues (contaminants, AB939, HHW).
  • Coordinates recycling programs with local jurisdictions.
  • May maintain and order certificates of insurance as needed, create and maintain a file system for customer information and complete waste audits for customers.
  • May manage, support and expand local buy-back centers.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three years of related experience.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

IDEAL CANDIDATE – The qualifications listed are typical of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of successful employees within this classification.

Knowledge of:

  • Technical and professional principles, practices, laws, applications and programs in position related area.
  • Current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Skill and / or Ability to:

  • Promote the WASTE ZERO philosophy by making the best and highest use of all resources as well as finding ways to use waste products in ways that benefit the environment.
  • Define issues and focus on achieving workable solutions; generate innovative ideas to develop or improve existing systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to use computers and technology capabilities.
  • Demonstrate strong proficiency and knowledge in area(s) of expertise as well as company business.
  • Communicate well both verbally and in writing; listen to and understand various viewpoints; share relevant information timely; provide constructive feedback; maintain professionalism.
  • Present ideas effectively to individuals or groups and deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
  • Effectively and productively engage with others and establish trust, credibility, and confidence.
  • Promote collaboration and assist others with their initiatives and efforts.
  • Consistently build and share knowledge and expertise about current job through reading, new experiences, and exposure to new ideas.
  • Listen to and build customer relationships; increase customer satisfaction and ensure commitments are met.


  • an ecologically innovative company that finds and mentors people committed to protecting the environment and sustaining our communities.
  • the largest employee owned resource recovery company in the industry with terrific benefits to help you prosper.
  • a creative and caring culture that values community, diversity, altruism, accountability, collaboration, and learning by doing.
  • an inspired company mission driven to use and return resources to their best and highest use through the practice of the 4R’s: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Recologize.
  • distinct professional challenges to connect with, care for, and grow community that sees a world without waste.


  • becoming an owner in our Company
  • two retirement plans:
    • a supplemental retirement plan through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
    • 401(k) match (up to 4% of salary)
  • health and wellness benefits including medical, dental, and vision
  • educational assistance (up to $5,250 per year)
  • a robust employee assistance program with financial guidance, legal assistance, dependent referrals and lots of discounts to a variety of vendors
  • an employee referral program where you can achieve cash incentives (up to $2500 per referral)
  • generous paid time off and paid holidays
  • commuting benefits - we help subsidize the cost to get to work
  • annual wellness incentives (up to $300)


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job; and pursuant to applicable law, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records. It is important that you provide accurate information on the job application, inaccurate information may cause delays in the processing of your application and/or may disqualify you as a candidate.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, effort, work conditions, and benefits associated with the job.

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