• Refuse Collection Worker

    Posted: 09/03/2023


    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.

    Assignments are received from supervision with reviews through observation and evaluation of results.


    • 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 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.
    • Demonstrated safety awareness.


    • High School graduate or GED equivalent. Two (2) to three (3) years experience in large truck operation and maintenance preferred.
    • Good mechanical and technical skills required.
    • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Michigan Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a "B" endorsement.