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Garbage Collector

Garbage collectors, or Refuse Material Collectors,  gather trash, garbage, and recyclables from houses and businesses along a route. They collect the garbage in their truck and take it to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. A Garbage Collector also has to lift and empty garbage cans and recycling bins by hand, and sometimes operate a hydraulic lift truck that picks up and empties dumpsters. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook most employers prefer to hire High School graduates and the employees will need basic math skills to read procedure manuals, billing statements, and other papers. Along with collecting and moving the garbage, the collectors need to know a little about maintenance of large machines and trucks. In 2000 the median hourly earnings of a garbage collector was $11.83.

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US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

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