Recycling Assistant – Manual Labour

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Recycling Assistant - Manual Labour
Plymouth, Devon
Contract / Temporary

Plymouth RQ775235

Posted: 5th January 2023 18:02
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  • Pay Rate:

    £11.18 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2 - 3 months

  • Plymouth, Devon,

    PL9 7JT

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Temporary Recycling Assistant - Manual Labour

Reference no: Plymouth RQ775235

Pay Rate: £11.18 per hour PAYE


To assist members of the public to dispose of or recycle a variety of household waste.

To comply with Standard Operating Procedures and Health & Safety within an operational environment.

Duties to include:

  • Assist and advise the public who visit the recycling centre on where they need to go to recycle certain items
  • Use electronic payment systems and processes to complete customer transactions
  • Ensure that members of the public using the facilities do so in a safe manner avoiding risk or injury
  • Safe manual handling and disposal of materials, including those that are hazardous, in accordance with Health & Safety legislation
  • Responsible for cleaning any locations where spillages have taken place and ensure that all areas of the site are kept clean and tidy. Report defects, hazards or unsafe working practice to the manager
  • Assist in the control and direction of all traffic and users of the facility.
  • Assist members of the public and recycling agents in receiving and segregating a variety of household waste
  • Ensure customer standards are adhered to at all times.
  • Carry out other duties appropriate to the grade of the post


“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Qualifications/ Knowledge

  • Functional skills in English and Maths level 1, and/or the ability to follow straight forward oral and written instructions and keep basic work records
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety in an operational environment
  • Knowledge of customer care standards
  • Knowledge of Road Traffic Legislation and Safety
  • Trained in Asbestos Awareness
  • Knowledge and experience of undertaking a variety of manual tasks within the recycling facility
  • Trained in Manual Handling
  • Functional skills in English and Maths Level 2, or equivalent (desirable)
  • NVQ Level 2 Waste Management (desirable)
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and COSHH (desirable)
  • Knowledge of recyclable materials (desirable)
  • Knowledge of vehicle safety within a front-line service area (desirable)
  • Full driving license (desirable)



  • Experience of labouring work or heavy manual work
  • Experience in delivering high standards of customer care
  • Experience of working in a waste-based environment
  • Experience of undertaking a variety of manual tasks in a recycling facility
  • Experience of Health & Safety in an operational environment
  • Experience of undertaking a variety of manual tasks in a recycling facility (desirable)
  • Experience of handling Hazardous Waste (desirable)



  • Communication skills required to exchange information with both staff and members of the public where tact and diplomacy will be required
  • Skills to use specialist equipment with precision to move recyclable materials, for example fridges, freezers and furniture
  • Physical skills required to lift, pull, and push items at periodic times of the day
  • Required to offer solutions to straightforward problems, making assessments of waste delivered to see if the waste can be accepted
  • Ability to use payment systems


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

“Other Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: Plymouth RQ775235
Recycling Assistant - Manual Labour
Client Category: Local Authority

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Recycling Assistant - Manual Labour
Client Category: Local Authority

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