Ward have a number of permanent, full time roles for Recycling Operatives based at our waste processing site in Ilkeston.

Hours and location

The roles are full time, permanent and based at Ward, Hallam Fields Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 4AZ.

40 – 47.5 hours per week

Weekly Pay (£9.50 p/h & overtime at £11.88 p/h )

The Role:

The primary function of the role is to carry out a range of duties at our Recycling Site in Ilkeston. You will be part of a hardworking team of Ward employees who support in the recycling of over 100,000 tonnes of material each year. Reporting to the Supervisor, you will carry out a range of duties throughout your shift;

  • Site Operative general duties
  • Site clearance and cleaning
  • Picking line duties
  • Assisting fitters in general maintenance
  • FLT Operation (if qualified)


No experience is necessary as full training will be given. What’s most important to us is that you are a team player with a ‘can-do’ attitude who enjoys being busy and on their feet.

Development Opportunities:

Recycling Operatives have gone on to complete in-house training to operate Fork Lift Trucks, 360 Cranes and other plant. We also offer an HGV Driver Training scheme for our employees who wish to develop into new roles within our business. The Recycling Operative role is an ideal first job for those wanting to get into the Waste and Recycling industry and build a career with WARD. We can even offer a place on our designated Apprenticeship course ‘Recycling General Operative’ via the MET Academy.


  • Discounted gym membership
  • Access to ReWard staff benefit scheme for leisure, retail, holiday and shopping discounts
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Company Pension
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Life Assurance

About Us: 

Today Ward Recycling has an annual turnover in excess of £160m, employs over 380 people and operates a fleet of over 120 vehicles. The company is now managed by third and fourth generation family members who continue their commitment to developing waste management and recycling techniques, saving their customers money and helping them to meet and exceed their recycling targets.

As a modern business, Ward are aiming to be a positive force in the world. We believe that if we treat our customers, partners, staff and neighbours with respect and dignity, we will succeed in both our business and sustainability goals. Every major business decision we make is guided in part by our CSR values such as:

Our impact on the environment – as a waste management and resource recycling specialist, the environment is clearly close to our hearts

  • The welfare of the people we come into contact with, and those further down the supply chain
  • The sustainability of the processes we use

We are committed to delivering market-leading performance on key environmental issues in our business, with our customers, our supply chain and our end consumers.

Do you want to be part of a fast-growing company with a sense of purpose, committed to developing waste management and recycling techniques with an environmental conscience?

We offer a competitive a salary, pension, training opportunities, access to our company benefit scheme “Re-Ward”, cycle to work, recommend a friend scheme and lots more!

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