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Refuse & Recyclable Material Collectors

Also called: Driver, Rolloff Truck Driver, Sanitation Laborer, Truck Driver

What they do:
Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Time accounting software
  • Payroll software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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