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Refuse Loader (Staff Bank)

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Looking for a career where every day brings new challenges and opportunities to make a real difference in your community?  Join our team as Refuse Loaders through our staff bank. 

We're seeking dedicated individuals across our Northumberland depots

(Blyth, Morpeth, Hexham, Alnwick, Stakeford, Berwick).


Job Title: Refuse Loader 

Salary Rate: £11.78ph – £11.98ph

Looking for a career where every day brings new challenges and opportunities to make a real difference in your community?  Join our team as Refuse Loaders through our staff bank. 

We're seeking dedicated individuals across our Northumberland depots, (Blyth, Morpeth, Hexham, Alnwick, Stakeford, Berwick).


Job Purpose

Contribute to the provision of an efficient and effective refuse collection & recycling service.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide efficient refuse collection and recycling service in accordance with schedules and Council policy.
  • Collect various types of waste, including household, industrial, and clinical waste, as well as emptying bins and removing dead animals.
  • Liaise with service users and the public courteously, providing advice and information on waste services when required.
  • Ensure work is completed within specified service standards and timeframes.
  • Perform work safely and responsibly, adhering to relevant risk assessments.
  • Complete paperwork to record any problems encountered during collections and report faults with equipment.
  • Operate machinery, equipment, and tools in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.
  • Collaborate with team colleagues to achieve work plans and maintain quality standards.
  • Respond to and resolve simple problems, referring complex issues to immediate supervisor.
  • Provide cover for other frontline Local Services as required.


Work Arrangements:

Physical requirements: Walking long distances, extensive lifting, pulling, and pushing. 

Transport requirements: Occasional travel to other work sites for cover or training. 

Working patterns: Ad Hoc, temporary. Normal working week, Monday to Thursday, with early mornings, occasional evenings, weekends, and Bank Holiday working. 

Working conditions: Outdoor work in all weathers and traffic conditions, including hazardous and unpleasant waste reception facilities.


Experience required:

  • Relevant knowledge of tasks and equipment operation.
  • NVQ 2 in Waste Management or equivalent.
  • Awareness of Health & Safety legislation.
  • Accredited training in safe manual handling techniques.
  • Previous relevant experience.
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • Basic record-keeping skills.
  • Strength, dexterity, and coordination for manual work.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and in hazardous environments.
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • Committed to public service ethics, quality, and customer service.
  • Adaptable and supportive in team working.
  • Willingness to undertake job-related training.


Northumberland County Council’s Staff Bank provides a pool of highly skilled temporary workers who are looking for a long-term placement, or who want to work flexibly within the council. If a team needs support due to sickness, common staff shortages, or general vacancies, they call upon registered bank members to fill available assignments. These can be filled via a long-term assignment for up to 12 months or on an ad hoc basis. 


Benefits of joining NCC’s Staff Bank include: 

  • Flexible contract – work and earn alongside your current commitments 

  • Career opportunities - Build and increase your employability and professional network with the opportunity to gain fixed term and permanent contracts. 

  • Try different roles within the organisation to find your fit.  

  • Develop new skills and enhance current expertise to help supplement your career. 

Where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. You are therefore advised to submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 
The Staff Bank is managed by the Temporary Staffing Team, who you can contact via You will be subject to Northumberland County Council's pre-employment checking process which includes a minimum of 2 references covering the past 3 years, health clearance and proof of right to work in the UK and depending on the assignment you may be required to undertake a DBS check. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format, please see the alternative methods below.  This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.   

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see the attached guidance notes here

Alternative application format:

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For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930 


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