Waste Resource Operative

Waste Resource Operative

On a waste resource operative apprenticeship course, you’ll help collect, transport, process, dispose of and recycle waste and recyclables.

A waste resource operator is responsible for garbage and recyclables collection, transportation, processing, disposal, and recycling.

Whatever profession you choose, you must understand the basics of garbage and recycling.

This will include detecting garbage and recyclables, sorting and separating them, treatment options, duty of care, and issues relating to health, safety, quality, and the environment.

Your role will be to assist with the site’s or activity’s day-to-day operations, ensuring that processes are carried out safely and efficiently.

You will also contribute to environmental preservation by using resources better and increasing quality in line with relevant regulations.

The job may require working outside in all types of weather and will need some hard labour. Some professions may need a significant amount of walking on a daily basis.

What you’ll learn

On a waste resource operative apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Plan garbage collection routes, including access to and from the waste and the safety and suitability of collection equipment and gear. 
  • Prepare for the loading and unloading of garbage and resources in line with regulatory and organisational policy and practice. 
  • Collect trash by hand and machine, reject rubbish, and deal with non-conforming waste following organisational procedures.
  • Identify and segregate recyclable materials, ensure that recyclables meet required quality standards, prepare, check, maintain, and use recyclable material sorting equipment, carry out sorting methods following organisational procedures and practises, and deal with excessive materials and non-recyclables
  • Waste and recyclables, as well as other materials, must be recognised, sorted, and processed. Glass, all kinds of plastics, metals (aluminium, steel, copper, and so on), organic waste (food, green), textiles, WEEE, batteries, and chemicals, to name a few.
  • Follow safe working procedures and practices that follow legal and organisational requirements.
  • Identify and address problems that may affect health, safety, and hygiene standards following your responsibilities and company policies and procedures.
  • Carry out and execute work duties as part of a team within performance limits.
  • Deal with colleagues and others constructively to ensure that tasks are done quickly and safely.
  • Attend site meetings and toolbox talks.
  • Maintain documentation such as Work Permits, Route Maps, Waste Transfer Notes, Waste Segregation Sheets, Daily Checklists, Risk Assessments, Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes, Work Instructions, Daily Round Reports, and Defect Checks following organisational procedures.
  • Report any problems to the relevant person in line with your organisational job role responsibilities.
  • Prepare to use vehicles, machinery, and equipment by doing daily checks to verify that they are in working order, following work and manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Report any problems to the relevant person in line with your organisational job role responsibilities.
  • Prepare to use vehicles, machinery, and equipment by doing daily checks to verify that they are in working order, following work and manufacturer’s instructions. 

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience are likely.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises three distinct assessment methods: 

  • Multiple Choice Question Test 
  • Observation in the workplace 
  • Professional Discussion 

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age

Duration and level

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Level: 2 – Intermediate Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 2, 2022

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