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Refuse Collector

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Refuse Collector
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Last Updated: March, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Refuse collectors remove waste and rubbish from houses, factories, hospitals, shops, etc.


The Work header image

Refuse collectors remove household rubbish and collect industrial and commercial waste. Household waste collectors usually work in teams of two to five loaders plus a driver.  
 
Householders usually leave the bins at the roadside for emptying. Loaders push the bins to the back of the truck where the bins are attached to an automatic lifting and tipping mechanism. The loaders operate controls at the rear of the truck to compress the rubbish.  
 
Loaders help the driver to manoeuvre the truck by giving directions and hand signals. They may also assist at the disposal site.  
 
Driving a refuse wagon is a specialist job. Drivers may have supervisory responsibility for the crew. They may also deal with members of the public if there are any problems. Drivers are also responsible for the vehicle and make daily routine maintenance checks. To be a driver you will need a HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) driving licence.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.

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Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.

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Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.

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Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.

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Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.

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Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.

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Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.

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Fill out defective equipment reports.

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Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.

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Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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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.

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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.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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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.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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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.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a refuse loader you need to be physically fit and active as you are likely to spend most of the time on your feet and can be involved in lifting and carrying heavy bins and plastic sacks. However, most bins now have wheels which require manoeuvring into place on the automatic lifting device on the refuse wagon.  
 
It is important that you are aware of health and safety regulations.  
 
Working well as a team is essential. Each member of the crew needs to be reliable and co-operative.


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