CareerShip Home
About CareerShip
Resources
Contact Us
Mapping Your Future
  back
Visit the Featured Career Match My Career Interests
Review Careers by Clusters Career Search

Details for Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors


Description

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

Tasks

  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Refuel trucks and add other necessary fluids, such as oil.
  • Fill out any needed reports for defective equipment.
  • Drive to disposal sites to empty trucks that have been filled.
  • Drive trucks along established routes through residential streets and alleys, or through business and industrial areas.
  • Operate equipment that compresses the collected refuse.
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, and other maintenance problems.
  • Keep informed of road and weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
  • Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.
  • Clean trucks and compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
  • Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
  • Organize schedules for refuse collection.
  • Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

Related Careers

  • Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
  • Parking Enforcement Workers
  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Tire Repairers and Changers
  • Wellhead Pumpers
Wages for this career
America's Career InfoNet