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Green Occupation:
53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green Enhanced Skills occupation — green economy activities and technologies are likely to cause significant change to the work and worker requirements. New tasks, skills, knowledge, credentials may be needed. Employment demand remains the same, but there is potential for an increase.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction — This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
  • Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
  • Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Make special pickups of recyclable materials, such as food scraps, used oil, discarded computers, or other electronic items.
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
  • Organize schedules for refuse collection.
  • Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
  • Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
  • Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.