Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

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Also known as:  Garbage Collector, Recyclable Materials Collector, Refuse Collector, Scrap Metal Collector, Solid Waste Collector, Trash Collector

ABOUT REFUSE OR RECYCLABLE MATERIAL COLLECTOR CAREERS

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Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather trash and recyclable material from homes and businesses along regularly schedule routes. They lift and empty garbage cans into trucks or operate a hydraulic lift truck that picks up and empties dumpsters. The job is sometimes unpleasant but always ess ...
ential.

And that's just the point, people and business need to have their refuse collected and often they are willing to pay someone quite well to do it. This is hard physical work that must be done in all seasons, and weather but for many, it an entry-level position that provides a solid start in the working world.

Those who start out as refuse collectors working for a municipal government may be able to transfer to other jobs in other city government departments and those who work for private firms can advance to the position of "driver" and have even greater earning potential.
SNAPSHOT Expand
Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
Fill out defective equipment reports.
Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
Drive to disposal sites to empty trucks that have been filled.
Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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