A truck driver refuse is a person who operates a large vehicle to collect waste and garbage. Typically, these drivers have pre-defined routes and may have both commercial and residential accounts, requiring the use of trucks capable of servicing and emptying dumpsters and other large receptacles.
Of course, a commercial driver's license is required for this position, and applicants must show competence and/or be certified in the safe operation of these trucks. Although some drivers may need specialized on-the-job training for specific equipment, the proper licensing certification ensures that they can safely manage these large garbage trucks in all driving conditions.
Most refuse trucks operate on regular routes each day which they are expected to follow precisely, though they may offer input or suggestions to their supervisors if traffic or road construction issues arise. Often, these drivers work in collection-crews, and may work independently on smaller routes.
Applicants for the position often have had some sort of training from a vocational program in order to obtain the proper licensing. Most employers may prefer applicants who have prior experience in waste work and are physically fit and able to lift heavy loads. Most drivers work from the early, pre-dawn hours through the afternoon during the work-week.
Truck Driver Refuse Tasks
Drive trucks along established routes.
Dump refuse or recyclables at disposal sites.
Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices to raise bins and dump contents in truck bodies.