Garbage Collector


Garbage collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for disposal or recycling.

Duties & Tasks

Garbage collectors may perform the following tasks:

  • ride in or on garbage trucks
  • collect waste and load it into bins or trucks
  • return empty domestic bins to footpaths
  • report incidences of graffiti
  • operate forklift and compacting equipment
  • drive trucks, street-sweeping machines or machinery at rubbish tips.

Working Conditions

Garbage collectors may operate their own business or work within a partnership collecting garbage bags and other rubbish from domestic and commercial premises.

Garbage collectors work outdoors in all weather conditions. They may work early in the morning and at night.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy outdoor and practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

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