- Travel from site to site checking that they are meeting regulations and operating effectively
- You'll need to have excellent attention to detail and to be methodical in making notes and writing reports
- You'll also need to be able to drive and to work independently
Landfill compliance inspectors visit landfill sites and waste facilities to check that they are operating within the relevant regulations for health, safety, and for the environment.
- Travelling from site to site in a particular area or region
- Performing inspections of the site's processes and procedures
- Checking the weigh bridges used to weigh vehicles as they go into and out of the site
- Preparing reports on the sites you have visited
- Helping create action plans to improve processes and systems
Typical hours are 9-5, and you may occasionally have to work at weekends. The work will be mostly office based, but you'll have to travel to different sites for inspection.
There are no set requirements for becoming a landfill inspector but you'll need to have good people skills, excellent attention to detail and to be methodical in making notes and writing reports.
Most employers will also expect you to have a good knowledge of health and safety, environmental regulations, and waste management, so building up experience and/or gaining qualifications in these areas will help you in preparing for this role. The Chartered Institute of Waste Management offers specialist courses in this area, although some employers may provide this training when you are already employed.
You'll also need to be able to drive and to work independently, as you'll usually need to travel from site to site.
Professional development with the Chartered Institute of Waste Management is possible, with Chartered status and membership being advantageous.
With experience, you could progress into waste management roles, or at senior level, move into operational management, being responsible for large budgets as well as the strategic management of people and resources.