The politically correct term for garbage man is garbage collector. A garbage collector works to collect waste from residential and commercial locations that will then be transported to a landfill. This duty is important in maintaining the hygiene of neighborhoods.
The job may involve working independently, operating a large garbage truck. The garbage collector may collect the trash manually by dumping trash cans into the truck. Usually when working independently, however, this duty will not be manual. Instead, mechanical arms will be used to pick up garbage cans to empty them into the truck. In some areas, the garbage man will work on a team, where there will be helpers to collect the garbage to be emptied into the garbage truck. The job may require some heavy lifting and bending that can be strenuous on the body. Being subjected to harsh weather conditions may also occur. Sometimes the garbage collector will also be responsible for collecting recycling and transporting those items to a recycling plant. It is important not to scatter waste when collecting trash and to be cautious when operating the truck. Encounters with customers may occur occasionally, and it is important to be courteous and friendly to them. The garbage man may have multiple areas on the operating route, so it is important to be able to move quickly while not sacrificing safety.
Some positions require a minimum of a high school diploma. A commercial driver's license is usually needed prior to applying for this position. Experience operating heavy machinery may be necessary, though some positions will offer on the job training.
Garbage Man Tasks
Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
May drive trucks, following established route.
Transport solid waste to appropriate disposal sites.
Manually and mechanically collect solid waste.