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Recycling Centre Site Operatives

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £23344 per annum + Per Annum, Pro Rata if part time
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Recycling Centre Site Operatives

Permanent, Full Time

£23,344 per annum (pro-rata for part time roles)

Location: Essex

Are you driven by a passion for environmental sustainability and ready to make a meaningful impact on our planet? If so, we're currently recruiting for full and part time roles across our Essex sites, so come and join our team as a Recycling Centre Site Operative!

Essex Waste Partnership aspire to be a zero-waste county. By working together, we are working to reduce waste to help protect the environment and conserve resources. Help us to achieve our goals by joining our one of our Recycling Centre Teams.

We are recruiting for part time Site Operatives in the following locations:

  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Canvey
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Kirby
  • Mountnessing
  • Pitsea
  • Rayleigh
  • Waltham Abbey
  • Witham

We are also recruiting for full time Site Operatives in the following locations:

  • Braintree
  • Canvey
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Rayleigh
  • Witham

As a Recycling Centre Site Operative, your responsibilities will include but not limited to

  • Assist the public with any questions, queries or complaints.
  • Ensuring compliance with safety standards.
  • Contribute to safe and efficient site operations.
  • Maintain a clean, tidy, and risk-free site.
  • Overseeing waste movements.
  • Assist in providing clear instructions to subcontractors / hauliers.
  • Ensure proper storage of materials for optimal recycling.
  • Administrative tasks to support with processes, paperwork, compliance processes, quality assurance and other related documentation using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

The ideal candidate would be.

  • Qualified to minimum GCSE level (or equivalent by experience) in English and Maths or NVQ level.
  • Computer literate (especially Microsoft Excel and Outlook) with good administration skills.
  • General good health, able to work on foot for lengthy periods of time.
  • IOSH Working Safely or equivalent safety accreditation is desirable.
  • Mechanical knowledge and knowledge of correct manual handling is desirable.
  • Desirable: NPORS or similar Plant Operators Licence/Qualification on Material Handler, with previous experience operating plant machinery preferably within the waste industry.

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 covers 1,300 square miles 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.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

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0845 743 0430
County Hall
Market Road
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