Recycling Assistant

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 26/01/2022 23:59
£20,092 - £22,183
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Job Category:
Environmental Services / Waste / Recycling/ Parks
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Employment Location:
Your normal place of work will be County Hall but you may be required to work at any Council workplace within County Durham.
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Closing date:
26 Jan
Further Information

One temporary post (31st March 2023).

Across the country, councils need to reduce the amount of waste that is thrown away and increase the amount that is reduced, reused, recycled and composted.

The average household produces just under 1 tonne of waste every year and in County Durham. We produce around 240,000 tonnes of household waste every year.

The recycling scheme works well across County Durham as residents can recycle paper, card, plastics and cans in a blue lidded wheeled bin and glass bottles and jars within a kerbside box. In County Durham each year we recycle on average around 40% of household waste.

As part of a countywide education campaign to inform residents about the kerbside recycling service and which materials can or cannot be recycled, we require two enthusiastic individuals to join our experienced team to support the Strategic Waste and Operational/Street Scene teams within the Council.

The successful candidates will be required to provide advice to the public through a series of door knocking and monitoring activities and by delivering countywide promotional events including school assemblies and community talks. They will also be required to assist the collection crew with checking for the wrong items in recycling bins and applying stickers to bins to notify the resident that material that can’t be recycled is present.

Staff should preferably have an interest in the environment, in particular waste prevention and recycling. Waste related knowledge would be an advantage although training will be provided.

Candidates should be customer focussed, friendly, excellent communicators with the ability to talk to residents face to face to educate and answer questions about the service. Excellent organisational skills are also required.

The postholders will also be required to work outside of normal working hours, including weekends and evenings as required.

Required Qualifications: 5 GCSE’s (A –C grade) or equivalent.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week of the 31 January and/or 7 February 2022.

For further information about the posts please contact: Paula George (Projects & Campaigns Team Leader) or Victoria Burrell (Waste Strategy Team Manager), Strategic Waste Management. Email: paula.george@durham.gov.uk Telephone 03000 266101 or victoria.burrell@durham.gov.uk Telephone 03000 266099

Due to the requirement to drive a County Council vehicle in this role, appointment will be subject to the production of a valid driving licence for the required category of vehicle and the satisfactory completion of an in-house Driver Induction Assessment.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required

Apply on-line via the jobs portal or for further assistance contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team on telephone no. 03000 263154 / 264469/ 264086/ 266148 or email

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

Permanent employees wishing to undertake a temporary post within the Council, whether this is within their substantive service, or across services, should seek the approval of their Line Manager/Senior Manager to undertake this temporary post with the guarantee to return to their substantive post at the expiry of the temporary post. If the temporary post is reviewed and further extended, agreement must be sought from the employee’s substantive line manager.

Anyone currently listed on the Redeployment Register who is interested in being considered for this vacancy should contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team
Please note in all cases the interview date must be prior to your end date.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.