Recycling Centre Operative - Working for Essex
Salary: £11.86 per hour
Closing date: 15 Oct 2023
Location: Essex
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10653
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Recycling Centre Operative

Temporary, As and When

£11.86 per hour

Location: Essex

Working Style: Operational field-based worker

This is a temporary position working across different recycling centres throughout Essex. The shift times are 8:45am to 4:15pm (Mid October to February) and 8:45am to 5:15pm (March to mid-October).

Within your applications, please provide answers to the following questions in your personal statement

  • Your preferred recycling centre site to work at
  • When would you be available to work? Please include days and hours
  • Please confirm how you plan to meet the mobility requirements for the role.
  • Please confirm you are happy to work weekends.

Please click this link for a list of the Essex Recycling Centre Sites:

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Job Purpose

Working as part of a team and under the instruction of the site supervisor, the Recycling Centre for Household Waste (RCHW) Site Operative will contribute towards safe and efficient site operations ensuring the site is clean, tidy and free from risk or accidents and incidents. They will assist members of the public in a friendly and professional manner, providing information and direction as needed.

Assist with all aspects of site operations ensuring that adequate and safe information is given to the sub-contractors / hauliers for the loads to be consigned and that the correct instructions are issued, helping to ensure that all traffic / waste movements and Safe Systems of work are strictly adhered to at all times.

Assist with the:

  • Completion of routine tasks on a daily/weekly basis as defined by the site supervisor and Line Manager, including ensuring the site is clean, safe, and tidy and that equipment is inspected, and supplies are kept clean and in good working order
  • Assist with the supervision and preparation for the safe movement of waste containers while ensuring the safety of the public
  • Help with the administrative tasks within the waste management processes, paperwork, compliance processes, quality assurance and other related documentation using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Responsible for ensuring daily inspections are carried out to the required standard and are recorded appropriately in accordance with the Environmental Permit and Operating Procedures and ensure all defects are recorded and reported to the appropriate person; report any accidents/incidents and potential hazards that occur on site
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post as required to meet the needs of the service.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Qualifications/Training – Desirable minimum GCSE (or equivalent by experience) in English and Maths or NVQ level 2. Full driving licence with 2 years’ experience. IOSH Working Safely or equivalent safety accreditation is desirable.
  • Knowledge – Interest in recycling and the environment. Knowledge of correct manual handling is desirable. Computer literate (especially Microsoft Excel and Outlook)
  • Experience – Experience of working within the waste industry and a forward-facing customer environment
  • Skills – Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with the public, and remain calm in challenging situations. Ability to work without supervision as well as part of a team, good administration skills.
  • Character – Punctual and hardworking. Able to stay calm in difficult situations. Willingness to adapt and develop skill sets and knowledge as determined by the post. General good health, able to work on foot for lengthy periods of time.
  • Availability/Locality/Mobility – Able to start early morning shifts. Ability to respond to out of hours operational and customer emergencies, on rare or infrequent occasions. Applicants must have their own transport and be prepared to travel between sites.

To read more about us please visit : Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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