Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Job Description video

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Refuse and recyclable materials collectors gather trash, garbage, and newspapers, aluminum cans, bottles, and other recyclable materials from homes and businesses along regularly scheduled routes. They lift and empty garbage cans into trucks or operate a hydraulic lift truck that picks up and empties dumpsters. The job is usually dusty, dirty, and smelly — but always essential! And that's just the point. People and businesses need to have their refuse collected, and often they are willing to pay someone quite well to do it. This is hard physical work that must be done in all seasons, come rain, snow, or sunshine. But for many, it is an entry-level position that offers a genuine "leg up." Those who start out as refuse collectors working for a municipal government may be able to transfer to other jobs in other city government departments. And those who work for private firms can advanced to the position of "driver" and have even greater earning potential. This job isn't for everyone. But one thing's for sure: as long as there are people, there will be refuse, and a real need for refuse and recyclable materials collectors to help take it away. In the process, the collectors' job responsibilities will be benefiting the earth and the environment!

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