Refuse, garbage, and recyclable material collectors are responsible for ensuring that all trash and other material deemed as garbage is cleared from the community in a timely and orderly fashion with minimal disruption for citizens. This position can be physically demanding, so candidates should be in good health and able to stand, walk, and lift up to 50 pounds throughout shifts and on a regular basis.
This position requires the ability to work on teams and communicate effectively with co-workers as well as supervisors, and these collectors should be able to think quickly and troubleshoot common problems with minimal supervision. They typically work in the community and away from the company’s properties, and must maintain a professional and courteous demeanor at all times. They must also have a basic understanding of recycling and how to separate recyclable goods, as well as the ability to ensure that only approved recyclables are collected.
Safety training must be completed by all employees, and they are also responsible for ensuring that their safety cards are up-to-date throughout the year. A Class-B CDL driver’s license and at least one year of experience operating refuse vehicles are generally required for this position, and knowledge of hazardous materials and non-collectable waste is also necessary.
Refuse, Garbage, and Recyclable Material Collector 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.