WHAT DOES A REFUSE COLLECTOR DO?
Drivers, also known as Trash Collectors, operate garbage or recycling trucks on assigned routes. They either pick up garbage for deposit at transfer stations or recyclable materials for deposit at existing recycling sites. Refuse Collectors must manually lift and dump containers into rear‐end loader trucks, working either alone or in Driver/Collector teams of two. Drivers & helpers are our company’s primary public representatives and should have a neat appearance at all times, and a courteous / positive attitude.
- Drive company vehicle in a safe manner in accordance with company as well as DOT & BIC regulations.
- Perform pre‐and post‐trip inspections on a daily basis
- Report any/all issues regarding route collection to supervisor
- Empty bins and return them to curb side using hydraulic lift or own physical strength.
- Push/pull garbage containers to truck and return to original location.
- Report overflowing containers or rejection of unsuitable waste to a supervisor.
- Describe the standards for proper disposal to customers.
- Inspect mechanical, operational and safety gear on trucks daily.
- Report mechanical, operational or safety problems.
- Fill out any needed reports for defective equipment.
- Keep informed of road and weather conditions.
- Learn to drive and operate refuse trucks while covering a designated route.
- Learn to keep organized & up‐to‐date route records
- Train others in specific task or collection site hazards.
- Both Driver and Collector may team up to empty large garbage bins in apartment complexes and commercial disposal sites.
- Follow hand signals when using helper/spotter
- Refuse Collectors use the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:
- Operation and Control ‐ Control operation of equipment or systems.
- Time Management ‐ Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Static Strength ‐ Able to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
- Control Precision ‐ Able to quickly and repeatedly make precise adjustments in moving the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions.
- Mechanical ‐ Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, benefits, repair, and maintenance.
- Geography ‐ Knowledge of various neighborhoods, cities, towns and/or zip codes.
- Conditioning – Endurance, cardiovascular, and weight training are recommended.
- Recovery – Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, maintain a healthy diet, maintain good posture, and remember to stretch throughout the day.
The majority of Refuse Collectors begin between 7pm – 10pm, however the Roll‐Off and Box Truck divisions may have start times different to that of the Packer Division. Some routes may have different/irregular start times based on routing and/or time constraints. There is often overtime which carries the workday into late morning or early afternoon. Overtime wages are usually time and one half. Overtime wages begin once 40hours have been worked. Benefits This is a union position. Common benefits are vacation and sick leave, retirement plans and medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Some Refuse Collectors get uniforms or uniform allowances.
Education and Training
Drivers must have a valid New York Class B Commercial driver’s license and have a good driving record. Medical exams are part of the qualification requirements to get a Commercial Driver's License. Drivers must take a DOT medical exam as often as required by a DOT recognized medical examiner, to keep their license. Pre‐employment medical exams are required as well as mandatory drug & alcohol testing, which are followed up by DOT random drug & alcohol testing. The minimum requirement is that our team is drug free. Refuse Collectors must read, write, and speak well enough to complete necessary paperwork and communicate with customers. On‐the‐job training is from one week to a month. All applicants must undergo a 90‐day evaluation period in which he/she will be observed on knowledge of operations, procedures, and safety. Knowledge concerning the safe handling of hazardous materials is a plus but not a requirement.
- All employees are expected to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the start of each shift.
- Perform a pre‐trip inspection before the start of a new shift.
- Perform a post trip inspection at the end of each shift.
- Keep a thorough and up to date log book.
- Report any problems or malfunctions to supervisor prior to departure.
- Keep an up to date route list (in specific order) of all stops.
- Complete all surveys on a daily basis
- Demonstrate proper lifting techniques
- Demonstrate effective communication skills between driver & helper
- Complete safety training, and demonstrate working knowledge of safety procedures
- Report all injuries to supervisor or manager
- Report all accidents to supervisor or manager
- Operate vehicle in a safe manner, with public safety in mind
- Operate any and all equipment (hopper, containers, winch, tipper bar) in a safe manner
- Be courteous to all fellow co‐workers and employees of Mr. T Carting
- Be conscious of scheduling, call in sickness as soon as possible
- Come to work with a positive attitude every day!
- Drivers & helpers must work outside under weather conditions such as rain, sleet snow, strong winds and extreme cold or heat.
- Drivers & helpers must work in adverse conditions such as foul smells, rodents, insects, dirt, traffic, chemicals, broken glass, dogs, and other hazards.
- Mr. T Carting has been family owned and operated for over 55 years. Employees are expected to display honesty, integrity, loyalty, and accountability.
- Ability to lift as much as 100 lbs. as high as 4 feet off of the ground.
- Ability to push/pull wheeled containers weighing up to 1500 lbs.
- Drivers: possession of a valid Class B commercial driver’s license as well as a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
- The ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
- Ability to maintain simple records
- Some experience in manual labor
- Experience gained by employees in these areas can provide the knowledge, skills and the abilities necessary to move up in seniority, qualifying for additional routes and/or overtime work.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN OUR TEAM!
MR. T CARTING CORP.
SERVICING THE COMMUNITY WITH PRIDE