Recycling Advisor


£23,000 plus great benefits

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: sustainability, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 24th March 2019   1 day left

Title: Recycling Advisor – 13 Month fixed term contract

Vegware is a dynamic and rapidly expanding Edinburgh based eco-friendly packaging company. We manufacture and distribute catering disposables and food packaging. All of our products are made from renewable or recycled materials, and all are compostable. The Vegware range spans cutlery through to tableware, napkins, hot and cold drink cups, and takeaway packaging. We also help our customers find routes to composting facilities through our “close the loop” scheme.

The Recycling Advisor is part of Vegware’s Environmental Team and is responsible for assisting the development of Vegware’s policy and practice on waste management, and using this knowledge capital to drive both sales growth and the value associated with the Vegware brand.

The Environmental Team plays a key role in supporting the Sales Team by providing expert recycling and environmental advice to customers and at client meetings to help win new business.

Duties and key responsibilities

Vegware brand, business development and client support

  • Sales team support – joint meetings, presentations, guiding on key target areas in line with waste knowledge, input for tenders
  • Identify and act upon opportunities to drive Vegware’s sales
  • After sale client support – deliver Vegware’s environmental support services to ensure customer gains maximum benefit from using Vegware product
  • Tailored waste consultancy - advise on best solution for end of life and work with clients throughout the process using ‘5 steps to zero waste’ framework
  • Respond to environmental enquiries and contribute to Vegware’s knowledge base to deliver best practice
  • Represent the Vegware brand at relevant industry events, including public speaking

Waste sector knowledge capital and relationships

  • Key liaison with organics recycling sector, maintaining knowledge base of solutions for Vegware products
  • Keep informed of developments within the organics recycling sector relevant to Vegware
  • Manage key relationships with waste sector partners

Close the Loop collection service

  • Contribute to the efficient day to day running of waste brokerage service
  • Liaising across supply chain to ensure quality of feedstock maintained
  • Identify new opportunities for Close the Loop regions as they arise

Vegware internal / QEMS

  • Track business travel / waste / energy – for ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • Training and engagement for Vegware staff on both internal and external waste practices

The applicant

You are enthusiastic, reliable,articulate and highly motivated individual with relevant qualifications to at least degree level Environmental Sciences / Sustainability or equivalent work experience. You will have a good understanding of UK waste management practices and a desire to focus on organics recycling.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking skills, sales experience or an interest in developing sales skills and a genuine passion for the environment.

We are looking for you to have clear and concise written and spoken communication skills with the ability to present written information in a structured and balanced way to a rage of stakeholders. Working with spreadsheets you will need to be numerate and perform calculations.

You will need to work well within a team, providing rigorous environmental support to the Vegware team. You will enjoy engaging with Vegware’s customers and the wider sustainability community as well as being self-motivated to complete your own tasks.

The role that will involve frequent travel to various client meetings, site visits, and relevant industry events, often involving public speaking. Such travel may involve an overnight stay.

If you have the skills, passion, and commitment required, and are interested in developing your career with an ambitious and exciting company please email your CV along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the position to

Working at Vegware  

Vegware is the global specialist in plant-based compostable foodservice packaging. We've been manufacturing the world's best eco products since 2006. Our award-winning catering disposables are made from plants, not plastic, using renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials, and can all be commercially composted with food waste where accepted. Vegware is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK with further operational bases in the UK, USA, Australia and Hong Kong, and distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East and Caribbean. Our environmental experts take foodservice providers on a journey to zero waste, providing support every step of the way.

Our core values are honesty, integrity, growth and profitability. We want our colleagues in Vegware to love being on our journey with us and that’s why we offer a great pension, healthcare, reduced gym membership, a cycle to work scheme, free fruit and as much tea or coffee as you can drink! (other drinks are available too!)

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