Recycling and Waste Diversion Coordinator

OVERVIEW & JOB SUMMARY

Under general and direct supervision is responsible for coordinating the flow, handling, and proper sorting of reused, recycled, composted, and landfilled material from all areas of the business. Supports Dr. Bronner’s goals to be a zero-waste manufacturing operation, pursue the “5 R’s” of the zero waste hierarchy (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot), and engage employees in becoming environmental stewards through waste reduction, proper handling, and diversion.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important values at Dr. Bronner’s. All employees are called to practice acceptance, treat others with dignity and respect, learn from and celebrate each other’s differences, recognize one’s own privilege, root out one’s own and speak up against prejudice, and work to create a healthy and respectful workspace where colleagues feel valued and part of our community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The following duties and responsibilities are those considered to be essential but do not represent all job functions that may be required to be performed by this position.   Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Recycling Handling & Waste Diversion:

  • Responsible for in-house recycling programs. Ensures Gaylord boxes in the warehouse are properly labeled, emptied, and/or changed out as needed.
  • Responsible for the operation of balers and strap cutters.
  • Monitors waste and ensures it is correctly sorted before sending out for pick-ups.
  • Responsible for scheduling movement of the material into and out of storage areas for all Dr. Bronner’s warehouses.
  • Coordinates logistics with waste diversion and recycling vendors for pick-ups.
  • Responsible for ordering materials needed for the recycling and composting programs upon reviewing with area lead and department manager.
  • Coordinates with Janitorial team and colleagues across the company on bin labeling and locations and proper handling.

 

Zero Waste Program Support:

  • Assists with collecting data related to in-house waste and recycling.
  • Is part of the “Green Team.” As part of this team is also key in providing ideas, feedback, and implementation of methods to help minimize waste and proper sorting.
  • Develops recycling plans and goals to help the company minimize waste and works closely with the “Green Team” to implement processes.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WI) related to waste handling and diversion.
  • Identifies new opportunities for material to be recycled, reused, and otherwise diverted from landfills.
  • Participates in and supports company “Dumpster Dives” in an effort to work on key improvements based upon findings.
  • Provides training to production, shipping and receiving and office personnel related to best practices in safe handling and sorting of materials.

 

INTERACTION

This position will interact closely with the Production Supervisor, Plant Operations Manager, production staff, materials and equipment suppliers, contractors, Shipping & Receiving employees, Green Team members, Environmental Impact & Compliance Specialist, and office personnel.

EDUCATION/YEARS EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum:  High School diploma or equivalent level of reading, writing, understanding, and communicating understanding and accurate use of mathematic function; prior experience providing coordination and oversight of recycled, waste management material nature described in the Essential Duties.
  • Preferred: Fluent in English & Spanish. Experience providing coordination and oversight of 1-2 years prior experience with Zero Waste principles and practices.
  • Degree in Environmental Management, Supply Management, Environmental Studies, or related fields.

Any combination of education and work experience that would be equivalent to the stated minimum requirements would qualify for consideration for this position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Attitude: Confident, positive, enthusiastic, down to earth, flexible, & passionate
  • Communication: Excellent, adaptive, creative, and concise verbal and written communicator in meeting spaces as well as over the phone, and e-mail; polite, professional, patient, and diplomatic in navigating inquiries; strong grammar skills. Requires strong interpersonal, communication, and organization skills including a good sense of judgment and the ability to build positive work relationships.
  • Confidentiality: Maintain a high degree of confidentiality over all matters in the course of business operations including customer and employee information and demonstrate tact, discretion, exercise good judgment and discretion in handling and disseminating information.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to reason and analyze, to set and adhere to a timeline, accurately and independently, and to solve problems.
  • Initiative: Responds promptly to requests, works quickly, accurately, and independently; effectively executes strategies, identify upcoming needs and potential risks; proactively manage tasks, meets challenges with resourcefulness, and present ideas and information in a manner that moves the team forward
  • Leadership: Highly motivated and cooperative, takes initiative and responsibility for individual and group work, possesses a strong desire to succeed, accepts feedback from others, works with a spirit of enthusiasm and a sense of urgency.
  • Organization: Exceptional proficiency in tracking deliverables, tasks, and project deadlines, juggling competing priorities, and multi-tasking efficiently
  • Respect: Consciously learn from and celebrate differences among identities while recognizing commonalities and shared experiences; practice inclusive language and promote acceptance, safety, respect, inclusion, and value of individuals within the workplace, and those with whom you interact on behalf of the organization; become aware of all forms of bias, prejudice and discrimination, and work to eliminate personal vestiges of racism, homophobia and sexism in thought, action and word; promptly report incidents of bias, prejudice and bigotry to the Human Resources Department or any member of the Executive Team.
  • Teamwork: Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views, contributes to building a positive team spirit, is flexible to modifying work style to be effective within the group, able to work within a team environment and independently.
  • Technical Proficiency: Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook); digital file sharing and project management systems (Google Drive, Dropbox, and SharePoint)
  • Ability to operate a baler
  • Skill at keeping, tracking inventory, and requesting material from another warehouse or supplier.
  • Accurately report errors to supervisors and or leaders.
  • Ability to work under rapidly changing priorities and confusion.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and solve problems.
  • Ability to multi-task in an efficient, thorough, and prioritized manner.
  • Ability to work quickly, accurately, and independently.
  • Must support a positive work environment while driving continuous improvement.
  • Work with leads and supervisors to meet the demands of the department

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Forklift, electric pallet jack, and standard office equipment. Operating baler, strap cutters, pallet wrappers.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

Must have reliable transportation and possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license including proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage and insurability under the Company’s insurance carrier standards.  Must possess and/or complete in-house pallet jack, forklift, and confine space certification.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Perform work in a varying temperature interior and exterior plant environment including the presence of periodic dust and other non-toxic airborne and wear safety shoes (steel toe).
  • Sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel and use both hands, arms and legs for dexterity and balance constantly
  • Frequently or as assigned, lifts, balances, carries, stacks, and pushes/pulls objects weighing from 50 pounds and reaches above and below shoulder height.
  • Occasionally bends, lifts, pulls and pushes such objects as boxes, drawers, loaded carts, pallet jack, and similar equipment and supplies weighing up to 60 pounds.
  • Occasionally is required to perform the safe operation of a vehicle, forklift, and machines, recognize and abate safety hazards within the workplace
  • Performs work assignments requiring good memory and concentration.
  • Must be able to hear, see including peripheral vision and distinction of colors, read and communicate verbally and in writing frequently with a wide range of people from divergent backgrounds and origins.
  • Must work in an environment with a moderate-to-high noise level and minimal heating and air conditioning.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate (in a plant environment).

Dr. Bronner’s is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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