• Refuse Collection Worker

    Posted: 11/02/2021


    This is heavy manual work in the collection of refuse/recycling/yard waste material and in the operation of large refuse/recycling collection trucks. Work involves the collection of a wide variety of refuse/recycling materials with the safe and efficient operation of large refuse/recycling collection trucks on various routes.


    • Picks up and empties refuse, recyclable, and yard waste material into refuse/recycling trucks, including small debris.
    • Operates mechanisms for loading, compressing, and dumping refuse material, and operates trucks for refuse/recycling collection activities.
    • Inspects assigned refuse/recycling truck daily and reports mechanical problems, malfunctions, defects, or other problems to supervisor.
    • Cleans and washes trucks and equipment as necessary.
    • Hauls refuse/recycling material to landfill or recycling depot and dumps waste/recycling material.
    • Participates with collections of large solid waste items such as discarded appliances, furniture and materials.
    • Assists periodic streets maintenance or cleanup as assigned.
    • Communicates with citizens in a courteous and professional manner.
    • Performs job duties with proper safety work methods and procedures.
    • Performs related work as required.


    Ability to:

    • Ability to learn collection routes, schedules, policies, and understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
    • Ability to perform strenuous physical work for long periods of time, including under adverse weather conditions.
    • Ability to work overtime, if needed.


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Two (2) to three (3) years' experience in large truck operation and maintenance preferred.
    • Must possess and maintain valid State of Michigan Commercial driver's license (CDL) with a B endorsement.

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