A steady increase in the demand for goods and services generates more and more waste. South Africa is fast running out of landfill space to effectively manage its large volumes of waste generated and requires more effective ways of managing waste, through waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Waste management includes various approaches to managing and disposing of all forms of waste.
Waste management practitioners can collaborate with environmental enforcement specialists and occasionally engage with communities to understand waste management needs. They can spend their time between offices and waste management sites such as landfills for regular inspections.
Waste management practitioners need to be fully aware of the sources and varied types of waste generated and must have a comprehensive knowledge of health, safety and environmental laws and regulations related to waste management. They will also benefit from:
Oversee and inspect waste disposal sites and recycling facilities
Manage teams of refuse and recycling collectors ensuring health, safety and environmental laws and regulation compliance
Manage budgets and organise the safe transportation of waste
Assist in the development, promotion and implementation of waste disposal schemes
B. in Environmental Health at NMU and UJ
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Environmental Health at CPUT, CUT, MUT and TUT
National, provincial and local government.
Private waste management companies.