Operative – Household Waste Recycling Centre (Harrogate Stonefall)

  • Full-time, Permanent, 5 days' over 7 per week
  • Harrogate HWRC, Wetherby Road, Harrogate HG3 1DE
  • £11.15 per hour, plus holidays, pension and discounts
  • Application Deadline: Sunday 21st January 2024

Here at Yorwaste, we strive to provide our team with a long-term, stable career, training, and development, along with a positive and engaging working environment.


  • £11.15 per hour, plus additional for Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Permanent, full-time, 40 hours per week
  • 5 days’ over 7, including weekend working
  • Harrogate HWRC, Wetherby Road, Harrogate HG3 1DE


“Our people are the key to our success”

Yorwaste are currently looking for an Operative to join our dedicated team at Harrogate Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). The site is open 6 days’ a week (closed on Wednesdays), offering essential services for the immediate local communities. Working in an outdoor setting, you will be equipped with appropriate outerwear to ensure your safety and comfort on-site.

In this role, you will play a crucial part in enhancing the quality and quantity of materials separated for recycling. Responsibilities include planning and organising on-site activities, serving as the representative of Yorwaste for visitors, and occasionally stepping into leadership duties as required. It is important that you have a good level of written communication to complete forms and reports with accuracy and detail.


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, your team, and the public, by promoting high standards of health and safety.
  • Safely operating equipment and machinery, reporting any faults and issues.
  • Using our IT system to create reports and record general site details.


It would be an advantage to have reliable personal transportation to our site, which is not accessible by public transport. There may be occasions when you are required to travel to other Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) sites for additional support.

This is a permanent role working 5 days out of 7. As our sites operate 6 days a week, including bank holidays (closed on Wednesdays), flexibility in your availability within this schedule is essential. You will also be expected to cover holidays and sickness as necessary, including additional hours and shifts to support this and other local HWRC sites.



About Yorwaste

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

Our vision at Yorwaste is to create a cleaner, greener future. We aim to be at the forefront of the industry, committed to reducing the environmental impact of waste while supporting our customers in making more sustainable choices. We prioritise safety at all times, seek new ways to maximize what we have to achieve our goals and solve problems, and take pride in being knowledgeable and credible in what we do.

You will have access to a company pension, as well as benefits and discounts, such as a cycle-to-work scheme. Through our Employee Assistance program, we offer great access to health and wellbeing resources, while also acknowledging and rewarding excellent health and safety procedures, innovative ideas, and recognition for long service with us.

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, along with a positive and engaging working environment. As an equal opportunity employer, alongside our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we take pride in supporting the development of North Yorkshire and its people.


Apply Now

To submit an application for this position, please kindly fill out the online application form on this page and upload your CV.

If you have further questions at this stage, if you are looking for alternative means of application, or if you wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Bradley on Bradley.Naylor@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 534365.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 21st January 2024.

Interviews are planned to take place in-person on Saturday 27th January 2024.

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 being 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 the right to work within the UK.

For further details, please read the HWRC Operative Job Description

Closing date: 21st January 2024

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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