Working in waste is not just about emptying people’s bins. There are many different types of job available in this vitally important (and often ignored) part of our society.

The importance of the waste industry has been highlighted during the Coronavirus pandemic, as all waste sector employees are considered as keyworkers!

Listed below you can find out a bit more about different parts of the Waste Industry and consider whether you would want to work in these jobs.

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Gender is an important aspect of any part of society, no less in the waste sector.

The United Nation’s Environment Programme has carried out some research around this subject in Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal, which might be an interesting topic to explore with KS3, 4 & 5 Geography students. The Gender and Waste Nexus can be found below: