Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
SOC: 53-7081.00

Description:

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
131,500 employed

Projected (2024):
140,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automated Residential Collection Operator
  • Automation Driver
  • Collector
  • Commercial Collections Driver
  • Commercial Collections Driver (Operator)
  • Commercial Front Load Driver
  • Commercial Front Load Operator
  • Commerical Relief Driver
  • Disposal Man
  • Disposal Worker
  • Driver
  • Driver-Lifter of Sanitation Truck
  • Driver/Refuse Collector
  • Dumpman
  • Front Load Trash Truck Driver
  • Front Loader Residential Driver
  • Frontload Driver
  • Garbage Collector
  • Garbage Man
  • Garbage or Trash Collection Sanitation Engineer
  • Garbage Person
  • Garbage Pick Up Man
  • Garbage Pick Up Worker
  • Garbage Truck Driver
  • Garbage Truck Helper
  • Garbage Worker
  • Helper/Driver
  • Junkman
  • Lifter/Driver
  • Limb Driver
  • Rear Load Truck Driver
  • Recyclable Materials Collector
  • Recycle Driver
  • Recycle Worker
  • Recycler
  • Recycling Collections Driver
  • Recycling Technician
  • Refuse Collector
  • Refuse Driver
  • Residential Collections
  • Residential Driver
  • Residential Recycle Driver
  • Rolloff Driver
  • Rolloff Truck Driver
  • Rubbish Collector
  • Sanitation Engineer (Automated Trash Truck Driver)
  • Sanitation Engineer (Driver)
  • Sanitation Laborer
  • Sanitation Truck Driver
  • Sanitation Worker
  • Scrap Metal Collector
  • Solid Waste Collection Worker
  • Solid Waste Collector
  • Solid Waste Truck Driver
  • Swamper
  • Thrower
  • Trash Collector
  • Trash Hauler
  • Trash Man
  • Trash Truck Driver
  • Trashman
  • Truck Driver
  • Truck Driver (Yard Trash)
  • Waste Collector
  • Wasteman


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
  • 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.
  • Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
  • Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
  • Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.
  • Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
  • Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
  • Organize schedules for refuse collection.
  • Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.
  • Make special pickups of recyclable materials, such as food scraps, used oil, discarded computers, or other electronic items.
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aluminum compactors
  • Cardboard compactors
  • Desktop computers
  • Front loading garbage trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Grapple trucks
  • Lifting arms
  • Mobile radios
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic collection garbage trucks
  • Rear-loading garbage trucks
  • Recycling trucks
  • Shredder trucks
  • Side-loading garbage trucks
  • Tractor-trailer trucks
  • Walking floor trailers
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • Mileage logging software
  • Payroll software


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160