Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector

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Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather refuse and recyclables from homes and businesses into their truck for transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. They lift and empty garbage cans or recycling bins by hand or operate a hydraulic lift truck that picks up and empties dumpsters. They work along scheduled routes.

Trash collectors help the environment by collecting solid waste, sorting it for recycling, and making sure it is disposed of in a safe way. They enable recycling by bringing recyclable products to the collection facility to be sorted and processed.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
7% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $26,090 - $46,650    Hourly: $13 - $22
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Work tends to be repetitive and physically demanding. Workers may lift and carry heavy objects and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in awkward positions. Some jobs expose workers to fumes, odors, loud noises, harmful materials and chemicals, or dangerous machinery.

To protect their eyes, respiratory systems, and hearing, these workers wear safety clothing, such as gloves, hardhats, and other safety devices. These jobs have become much less dangerous as safety equipment-such as overhead guards on lift trucks-has become common.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

7% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $26,090 - $46,650

Hourly: $13 - $22