Recycling and Resource Management Program

About the Recycling and Resource Management Program

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle for a Living with a Career in Resource Management

As more cities and businesses develop sustainability policies, there is an increased need for trained staff who can properly manage organizational resources as well as initiate effective environmental programs on local and domestic fronts. Santa Monica College offers education and real-world training in recycling and resource management that help support individuals; communities; and companies reduce their waste, save money, and operate more efficiently.

Make connections between how historical events helped shape consumerism, and how other social phenomena influence our modern throw-away culture. Learn how current local and domestic national legislation impact zero-waste, landfill diversion, recycling, composting and resource management. Tap into key issues surrounding our carbon footprint, consumer laws, cultural mindsets, and gain opportunities to connect with community partners on these topics.

Earn a departmental certificate or extend your coursework to earn a state-approved recycling and resource management certificate. Make a difference and play an influential role in how local communities and businesses work together to resolve global climate change.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree IconAssociate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement IconCertificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Department CertificateDepartment Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

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1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate in Science Degree - Recycling & Resource ManagementAssociate of Science Degree Icon

18 units + General Education

Certificate of Achievement - Recycling & Resource ManagementCertificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

Recycling and Resource Management is among the largest and most rapidly growing industries in America. As more cities and businesses develop sustainability and zero waste policies, the need increases for personnel who can properly manage resource use and recycling. The Recycling and Resource Management curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring recycling and resource management from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of settings. Core curriculum will provide students with an in-depth study of waste diversion and resource management, emphasizing cultural, community, and business applications. Courses cover governmental and organizational policies, practices, and procedures in waste and resource management, including best management practices and successful community and educational zero waste programs.

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Department Certificate - Recycling & Zero Waste Department Certificate

12 units

Upon completion of this certificate students will demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and oversee waste management programs aimed at implementing Zero Waste principles and sustainability practices for individuals, businesses, and the communities. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to write proposals and policy using correct terminology, principles and CA legislation and regulations regarding waste, recycling, sustainable resource management and zero waste systems.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Recycling Coordinators High School Diploma or More $53,280
Environmental Restoration Planners A Master's or Professional Degree $81,995
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers High School Diploma or More $43,326
Chief Sustainability Officers Bachelor's Degree $178,483
Legislators Not Available $61,334
Natural Sciences Managers High School Diploma or More $95,180
Compliance Managers Bachelor's Degree $73,142
Sustainability Specialists Bachelor's Degree $70,010
Soil and Water Conservationists Bachelor's Degree $71,171
Range Managers Bachelor's Degree $71,171
Park Naturalists Bachelor's Degree $71,171
Forest and Conservation Workers Bachelor's Degree $21,984