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.
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.
Initial on-the-job training can be expected.
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.
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