• Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables and move the materials to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route.

What do they typically do

  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies
  • Inspect trucks before starting routes to make sure they are in safe operating condition
  • Drive trucks on established routes through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected trash
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites
  • Get off of garbage trucks to collect garbage and get back on to ride to the next collection point
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid
  • Communicate with dispatchers about delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems

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Job Growth +1.3%
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