Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 140,500 people employed as refuse and recyclable material collectors in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $39,100.
Entry level employees earn approximately $23,880 per year and senior employees earn approximately $67,530
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
- Make special pickups of recyclable materials, such as food scraps, used oil, discarded computers, or other electronic items.
- Fill out defective equipment reports.
- 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.
- Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
- Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems, such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.
- Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.
- Organize schedules for refuse collection.
- Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
- Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
- Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
- Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
- Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
- Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
- Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.