Profession refuse vehicle driver

Refuse vehicle drivers drive the large vehicles used for refuse collection. They drive the vehicles from the homes and facilities where the refuse is collected by the refuse collectors on the lorry and transport the waste to the waste treatment and disposal facilities.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Waste transport legislation

    Regulations and legislation concerning the safe transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials, products, and appliances.

  • Waste management

    The methods, materials and regulations used to collect, transport, treat and dispose of waste. This includes recycling and monitoring of waste disposal.

  • Types of waste collection vehicles

    Different types of heavy trucks used for waste collection such as front loaders, rear loaders, and side loaders.

  • Waste and scrap products

    The offered waste and scrap products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.


  • Maintain waste collection records

    Maintain records on waste collection routes, scheduling, and types and volume of waste collected.

  • Apply hygiene and safety regulations

    Pursue optimal safety, health and hygiene circumstances, taking into account local regulations and personal requirements. Manage waste disposal according to local laws and regulations.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Drive waste collection vehicle

    Drive a heavy truck which is equipped for waste collection services in a safe manner, compliant with road legislation and waste management legislation.

  • Park vehicles in depot

    Park the vehicles used for professional activities in the designated area of vehicle storage after use, in a safe manner compliant with regulations.

  • Adhere to transpiration work schedule

    Adhere to assigned work schedule as prepared by the transportation company.

Optional knowledge and skills

hazardous waste storage operate gps systems hazardous materials transportation establish waste collection routes collect industrial waste empty community waste collection bins collect domestic waste assess waste type read maps maintain refuse collection equipment dispose of hazardous waste maintain septic tanks dispose of non-hazardous waste road transport legislation

Common job titles

  • Equipment operator 3 garbage
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  • Utility worker
  • Natural resources technician
  • Park maintenance worker
  • Driver trainee
  • Garbage truck driver
  • Heavy truck driver/refuse