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RECYCLE TRUCK DRIVER: There Will Always Be Garbage

About this video 

Tony happily shares his story about being a recycling truck driver. He runs down what a week looks like for him and how he finally made the move to get into this field. He also talks about why it's a good field to go into and gives some advice on how to get a job like his.

Job Title: Recycle Truck Driver

Job Summary: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Job Description

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty contents of the dumpster into their truck.

On-the-Job Training

Initial on-the-job training can be expected.

Additional Info

Depending on the size of the truck, refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive the truck may have to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Getting a CDL requires passing written, skills, and vision tests.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 28 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina

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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='0'>I</span> <span m='240'>pick</span> <span m='420'>up</span> <span m='550'>recycled</span> <span m='850'>for</span> <span m='1150'>Waste</span> <span m='1540'>Management.</span> </p><p><span m='2080'>Sometimes</span> <span m='2480'>we</span> <span m='2600'>pick</span> <span m='2790'>up</span> <span m='4270'>1-yarder</span> <span m='4970'>bins.</span> <span m='5450'>We</span> <span m='5730'>pick</span> <span m='5920'>up</span> <span m='6410'>2-yarder</span> <span m='6870'>bins.</span> <span m='7795'>And</span> <span m='8210'>we dump</span> <span m='8580'>them</span> <span m='8760'>in</span> <span m='9060'>the</span> <span m='9220'>back</span> <span m='9480'>of</span> <span m='9520'>the</span> <span m='9610'>truck.</span> <span m='11000'>Then</span> <span m='11100'>we</span> <span m='11290'>go</span> <span m='11440'>to</span> <span m='11580'>the</span> <span m='11680'>next stop.</span> </p><p><span m='12190'>It depends.</span> <span m='12670'>Every</span> <span m='12940'>day</span> <span m='13140'>is</span> <span m='13210'>it</span> <span m='13310'>different</span> <span m='13580'>day.</span> <span m='14000'>Monday</span> <span m='14335'>is</span> <span m='14670'>a different</span> <span m='14840'>days.</span> <span m='15290'>We</span> <span m='15530'>got</span> <span m='15680'>long</span> <span m='15970'>days.</span> <span m='17530'>Tuesday,</span> <span m='18830'>Thursday,</span> <span m='19310'>and Friday</span> <span m='19500'>are</span> <span m='19720'>good</span> <span m='20000'>days.</span> <span m='21060'>Wednesday's</span> <span m='21330'>a</span> <span m='21540'>little</span> <span m='21710'>bit</span> <span m='21840'>longer.</span> <span m='22730'>But</span> <span m='23130'>we</span> <span m='23300'>pick</span> <span m='23600'>up</span> <span m='23940'>recycle--</span> <span m='24720'>Oakland,</span> <span m='26450'>Emeryville,</span> <span m='26980'>Berkeley,</span> <span m='27470'>and</span> <span m='27620'>Albany.</span> </p><p><span m='28460'>I</span> <span m='28760'>wanted</span> <span m='29140'>to</span> <span m='29200'>be</span> <span m='29340'>a</span> <span m='29480'>garbage</span> <span m='29850'>man,</span> <span m='30190'>but</span> <span m='30350'>I</span> <span m='30390'>worked</span> <span m='30680'>for</span> <span m='30800'>the</span> <span m='31260'>soda</span> <span m='31650'>industry,</span> <span m='32150'>the</span> <span m='32299'>beer</span> <span m='32640'>industry.</span> <span m='33970'>And I</span> <span m='34200'>just--</span> <span m='34760'>when</span> <span m='35060'>the</span> <span m='35250'>economy</span> <span m='35790'>was</span> <span m='35990'>going</span> <span m='36280'>down,</span> <span m='37430'>I</span> <span m='38060'>was</span> <span m='38260'>trying</span> <span m='38450'>to</span> <span m='38500'>make</span> <span m='38690'>that</span> <span m='38840'>move.</span> <span m='39070'>I say,</span> <span m='39370'>I</span> <span m='39500'>better</span> <span m='39730'>start</span> <span m='40500'>making</span> <span m='40790'>my</span> <span m='40910'>way</span> <span m='41190'>towards</span> <span m='41480'>the</span> <span m='41550'>garbage,</span> <span m='42050'>because</span> <span m='42760'>we're</span> <span m='42880'>going to</span> <span m='43030'>have</span> <span m='43160'>garbage</span> <span m='43540'>forever.</span> </p><p><span m='44510'>My</span> <span m='45950'>opinion</span> <span m='46700'>to</span> <span m='46930'>all</span> <span m='47100'>the</span> <span m='47170'>people</span> <span m='47400'>that</span> <span m='47570'>want</span> <span m='47860'>to</span> <span m='47990'>get</span> <span m='48180'>into</span> <span m='48380'>the</span> <span m='48470'>garbage</span> <span m='48870'>industry,</span> <span m='49260'>there's</span> <span m='49370'>going to be</span> <span m='49500'>garbage</span> <span m='49910'>for</span> <span m='49980'>life.</span> <span m='50730'>So</span> <span m='51140'>I</span> <span m='51260'>would</span> <span m='51470'>try</span> <span m='51710'>to</span> <span m='52070'>figure</span> <span m='52320'>out</span> <span m='52460'>a</span> <span m='52530'>way</span> <span m='53170'>to</span> <span m='53300'>get</span> <span m='53540'>in</span> <span m='53950'>the</span> <span m='54040'>garbage</span> <span m='54410'>company</span> <span m='55300'>right</span> <span m='55510'>away</span> <span m='55800'>at</span> <span m='56010'>a</span> <span m='56110'>young</span> <span m='56320'>age.</span> <span m='56740'>So</span> <span m='56930'>when</span> <span m='57110'>you</span> <span m='57190'>get</span> <span m='57440'>older,</span> <span m='58140'>you</span> <span m='58250'>can</span> <span m='58410'>retire</span> <span m='58810'>at</span> <span m='58900'>a</span> <span m='58980'>young</span> <span m='59220'>age.</span> </p><p><span m='59620'>You</span> <span m='59810'>got to</span> <span m='60030'>go</span> <span m='60200'>through</span> <span m='60420'>steps.</span> <span m='60920'>You know, it's</span> <span m='61350'>not</span> <span m='61570'>like</span> <span m='61800'>back</span> <span m='62030'>in</span> <span m='62090'>the</span> <span m='62170'>days</span> <span m='62570'>when</span> <span m='63910'>one</span> <span m='64090'>of</span> <span m='64170'>the</span> <span m='64260'>guys</span> <span m='64510'>refer</span> <span m='64920'>you</span> <span m='65890'>and</span> <span m='66270'>try</span> <span m='66440'>to</span> <span m='66500'>get</span> <span m='66700'>in</span> <span m='66850'>that</span> <span m='67030'>way.</span> <span m='67170'>Now</span> <span m='67830'>everything</span> <span m='68220'>is</span> <span m='68390'>through</span> <span m='68660'>the</span> <span m='69060'>computer.</span> <span m='69385'>You got to</span> <span m='69710'>go</span> <span m='69990'>apply</span> <span m='70390'>online</span> <span m='71000'>and</span> <span m='71650'>try</span> <span m='71870'>to</span> <span m='72280'>get</span> <span m='72470'>through</span> <span m='72680'>that</span> <span m='72990'>step</span> <span m='73300'>first.</span> <span m='74260'>Then get</span> <span m='74450'>an</span> <span m='74560'>interview.</span> <span m='75710'>Then</span> <span m='75860'>there's</span> <span m='76070'>a</span> <span m='76130'>second</span> <span m='76520'>part</span> <span m='76740'>to</span> <span m='76940'>it</span> <span m='77000'>where</span> <span m='77210'>they'll</span> <span m='77490'>call</span> <span m='77800'>you.</span> <span m='79140'>Then</span> <span m='79460'>you'll</span> <span m='79640'>get</span> <span m='79800'>a</span> <span m='79880'>chance</span> <span m='80140'>to</span> <span m='80230'>come</span> <span m='80490'>in,</span> <span m='81280'>test</span> <span m='81590'>drive</span> <span m='81890'>the</span> <span m='82030'>truck,</span> <span m='82440'>and</span> <span m='83090'>we'll</span> <span m='83240'>go</span> <span m='83390'>from</span> <span m='83560'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='83960'>My</span> <span m='84130'>partner</span> <span m='84540'>and</span> <span m='84870'>I</span> <span m='84960'>have</span> <span m='85180'>fun.</span> <span m='85750'>It's</span> <span m='86010'>just--</span> <span m='86900'>it</span> <span m='87250'>don't</span> <span m='87420'>take</span> <span m='87640'>rocket</span> <span m='87980'>science</span> <span m='88310'>to empty</span> <span m='88730'>a</span> <span m='89420'>recycle</span> <span m='89980'>can.</span> <span m='90740'>It's</span> <span m='91140'>real</span> <span m='91410'>simple,</span> <span m='91750'>you</span> <span m='92090'>know.</span> <span m='92450'>So,</span> <span m='93170'>as</span> <span m='93310'>long</span> <span m='93510'>as</span> <span m='93610'>you</span> <span m='93740'>got</span> <span m='93950'>the</span> <span m='94970'>CDL,</span> <span m='95610'>which</span> <span m='95870'>is</span> <span m='96600'>the</span> <span m='96700'>driver</span> <span m='97040'>license,</span> <span m='98040'>and</span> <span m='98320'>certified</span> <span m='98630'>air</span> <span m='99120'>brakes,</span> <span m='100855'>try</span> <span m='101110'>and</span> <span m='101310'>apply</span> <span m='101710'>as soon as</span> <span m='101920'>possible.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291788,"video_id":"2719936287001","name":"1204-Tony-RecyclingTruckDriver","duration":102749,"thumbnail_url":null}});