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Refuse Collectors

Overview

Refuse collectors gather garbage and other discarded materials set out by customers along designated routes in urban and rural communities and transport the materials to sanitary landfills or incinerator plants for disposal. Refuse collectors may specialize in collecting certain types of material, such as recyclable glass, newsprint, or aluminum. There are approximately 114,420 refuse and recyclable materials collectors working in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Athletic

Hands On

Realistic

Career Ladder
Garbage-Collection Supervisor or Recycling Coordinator

Refuse Collector-Driver

Refuse Collector-Garbage Loader/Unloader