Waste Collector

Sam Rovik

Job Description

Drive trucks around on assigned routes. Dump the contents of garbage cans, dumpsters, and recycling bins into a truck. Dump the waste from the truck at landfills, incinerators, or recycling plants. Preform maintenance and safety checks on the trucks.

Working Conditions

You would work in all kinds of weather. Exposed to dirt, and unpleasant conditions. Potential for injury from falls, cuts, and back strain. Workdays usually start in the early morning.


A waste collector usually gets from $19,000 to $52,000 a year. The median is $32,000 a year. Earnings depend on hours worked, seniority, and type of waste collected.


All the education you need is a high school diploma. There is no formal requirements. On-the-job training. All that you really need is your license to drive the truck.

What people like and don't like about the job

What people might like about it.

  • They usually finish working before noon.
  • You would get pretty decent pay.
  • Don't work weekends.

What people might not like about it.

  • The days could start as early as 3:00 am.
  • If you work in a private sector your days can get as long as 10 hours.
  • You can only get overtime during holidays.