Recycling jobs 3

These jobs are as numerous as they are varied, so here are the jobs that best represent the recycling sector in France.


A crucial role in the hazardous waste sector, the chemists employed by recycling companies ensure that the mixtures of products received by factories will not produce undesirable reactions. Laboratory analyses may be supplemented by quality tests of regenerated materials or the development of procedures enabling, for example, the purification of contaminated waters.

Chemist, Paprec Group

Industrial demolition specialist

Called in to carry out a clearance operation when a site is bought, industrial demolition specialists are responsible for decontaminating sites properly and in accordance with the strictest environmental standards. Accompanied by qualified operators equipped with cutting torches, thermal lances, grapple loaders, lift trucks or mobile shears, they coordinate all work and find solutions suited to each new construction site. 

Maintenance technician

Workers with multiple roles in the recycling industry, maintenance technicians have skills in mechanics, electronics and hydraulics, and in boiler technology. They are mobile, travelling in workshop trucks to install or repair machines on sites belonging to customers of recycling companies, and have to be prepared for any eventuality.

Plastic lift truck operator

Transportation, feeding shredders, sorting, carrying out checks, updating listings and cleaning vehicles: the daily tasks of a plastic lift truck operator are many and varied.
However, the aim remains the same: to make sure that the professional plastics recycling process moves smoothly and to ensure impeccable quality for the plastics businesses that will buy the plastics. 

Plastic lift truck operator, Paprec Group

Biogas turbine operator

Employed in final waste energy recovery plants, these professionals’ primary role is to ensure that the wells that receive the gases produced by fermenting materials channel methane effectively into the turbines. When they are not doing this, turbine operators maintain the biogas network, which supplies neighbouring towns and villages with electricity.

Metals sorter

These workers really are specialists in metals (aluminium, zinc, bronze etc.), which they can identify purely by sight. They receive the collected containers and bins, then sort the waste, which can weigh up to 300 kg, using a crane. Working in teams, they also use shears to cut up the bulkiest products and weigh all materials treated. 

Works manager

Site regeneration, civil engineering, ditch cleaning or dismantlement: in France, a recycling company's works manager is responsible for coordinating and supervising an increasing number of work sites, of a varied and sensitive nature. They put together their teams, schedules and estimates, and every day have to juggle various trades and responsibilities. 


Specialising in treating organic waste in the recycling sector, loader-blenders take receipt of and analyse sludge from purification plants. After registering it and overseeing its loading in the fermentation buildings, they blend it with stumps or reject materials (including shredded pallets), then mix it all with green waste to produce a fertiliser sold on to farmers.  

Compost screener

Also employed in organic waste recycling, they are responsible for removing foreign bodies (including small pieces of stump or pallet) present in freshly blended compost using a grille in which the mesh diameter varies depending on the type of fermented sludge. The aim is to produce the finest possible compost.

Routine industrial waste sorting line manager

Responsible for supervising all production on a recycling centre's sorting line, they set the speed of the belt, ensure that the compactor is working properly and manage the team of sorters. Their goal is to ensure that the process runs smoothly and that their colleagues function as an effective unit.

Biowaste product manager

As part of their daily duties, these managers in one of the many sub-sectors of the recycling industry find composing and anaerobic digestion units capable of treating green waste and turning it into organic additives (return to the soil in the form of fertilisers). They must also find solutions in the local area, as the waste cannot be stored or transported over long distances. 

Landfill vehicle operator

Responsible for digging the holes in which final waste will be stored, they must be familiar with and operate numerous machines, from trucks to crawler excavators via mechanical diggers. Responsible for compressing materials, they also have to take the controls of steam rollers once the ditches have been dug. 

Mechanical sweeper driver

Key players in the recycling of household waste, with their eyes on the carriageway and their hands on the many controls of their vehicle – which they will have a specific license to operate – mechanical sweeper drivers clear the public highway of the waste that obstructs it and empty their tanks at a recycling centre once their cleaning jobs are done.

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