Operative – Household Waste Recycling Centre (Thirsk and Tholthorpe)

  • Full-time, permanent, 5 days' over 7
  • Sowerby and Tholthorpe Household Waste and Recycling Centre’s
  • £11.15 per hour, plus holidays, pension and discounts


Pay: £11.15 per hour, plus additional for Sundays and Bank Holidays

Hours: Permanent, full-time, 5 days’ over 7, including weekend working

Location: Sowerby and Tholthorpe Household Waste and Recycling Centre’s

Benefits: 20 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays, pension and other discounts


“Our people are the key to our success”

Yorwaste are currently looking for an operative to join the teams who safely and effectively run our sites across North Yorkshire. Our Sowerby and Tholthorpe sites are open 6 days’ a week (closed on Wednesdays), offering essential services for the immediate local communities. Working in an open-air environment, you will be provided with outer-wear to protect you from the elements and keep you safe on site.

You will help maximise the quality and number of materials separated for recycling, plan and organise the activities on site, be the face of Yorwaste to on site visitors and, where required, deputise for the Area Supervisor.

As a Yorwaste Operative, your day-to-day duties will vary, and may include the following;

  • Helping the public use the site in a safe manner, adhering to all Health and Safety guidance.
  • Providing friendly, informative and professional customer service.
  • Protecting yourself and your team by promoting high standards of health and safety.
  • Safely operating equipment and machinery and reporting any faults and issues.

It would be advantageous if you can reliably travel to our site which is not accessible by public transport. You may also be required to travel to other HWRC sites to support where required.

For further details, please read the HWRC Operative – JD


About Us

Yorwaste is North Yorkshire’s leading waste management company, passionate about supporting community and local environment, while delivering a warm and professional customer experience. We believe in investing in our team and the tools you need to succeed. Currently our sites achieve over 90% recycling rates to help keep North Yorkshire looking beautiful.

Joining us at Yorwaste is more than just a job. We strive to provide our team with a long-term stable career, training and development, and a positive engaging working environment. As an equal opportunities employer, alongside our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we take pride in supporting the development of North Yorkshire and its people.


What we can offer

In return, we are offering an hourly rate of £11.15 per hour, working approximately 40 hours’ per week. We offer extra allowance for working Sundays and Bank Holidays, and there may be opportunity for additional hours. We can offer 20 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays, increasing with continuing employment.

This is a permanent role working 5 days’ out of 7. As our sites operate 6 days’ a week, including bank holidays, availability over this schedule is essential. There will also be a requirement to cover holidays and sickness when required, including additional hours and shifts supporting this and other local HWRC sites.

At Yorwaste you will have access to a company pension as well as benefits and discounts such as a cycle to work scheme and technical equipment scheme. Through our Employee Assistance programme we offer great access to health and wellbeing resources as well as acknowledging and rewarding great health and safety procedure, innovative ideas and recognition for long service with us.


Apply Now

To apply, we ask you to please submit an application form and attach your CV on the next page. Alternatively, please download a copy of our Paper Application Form, and send this along with your CV to melissa.humpleby@northyorks.gov.uk.  It is important that your CV includes your full contact details, employment history, any qualifications and explanation of any gaps in employment.

If you have further questions, please call Melissa on 01609 532661 for an informal discussion about the role or the recruitment process.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 18th August, interviews are planned to take place on Tuesday 22nd August 2023.

Interviews may take place throughout the recruitment process, and we reserve the right to remove this vacancy before the proposed deadline in the event of the position being filled, or a high number of applications are received.

Yorwaste is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, or belief.

We will not accept applications from agencies and can only consider applications from individuals with right to work within the UK.

Closing date: 18th August 2023

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    Yorwaste is an award winning, industry leading waste management provider operating across North Yorkshire and the City of York.  We have a strong focus towards health and safety, as well as customer service, with a simple hands-on approach.

    Our people are the heart of our business and key to our success.  Yorwaste’s achievements are a direct result of the hard work and commitment of our valued employees. As demand for our services grow, so does our team, which is why we would like you to join us.

    What we can offer you:

    • We offer an hourly rate of £11.15 per hour with £20 additional weekend allowance, and £30 Bank Holiday allowance. This is paid in addition to your hourly rate.
    • 20 days holiday, plus bank holidays (rising to 25 after 5 years’ service).
    • Access to employee benefits and local discounts, as well as the employee assistance programme.
    • Full training and the supply of all personal protective equipment needed.
    • Working in an open-air environment, delivering an essential service benefiting your local community and environment.

    We continue to invest to deliver a range of waste reuse, recycling, and disposal options to meet the requirements of our customers.

    Sandy Boyle, Managing Director
    Yorwaste waste management drivers in lorry