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Refuse Collector


Salary Range

$25,521.60 to an annual maximum rate of $38,584.00 depending upon qualifications.

Job FLSA Status


Public Safety


Job Details

This is semi-skilled labor in the collection of garbage, recycling and other debris.
An employee in this class is responsible for the collection of all types of refuse and loading it into collection vehicles. The tasks are usually routine and repetitious of nature. Work involves heavy manual labor and includes the responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of automotive and/or related equipment. Work is performed under direct supervision; however, some discretion is required in entering private property and handling limited public contacts.

Job Duties

Works on assigned route as a member of a collection crew picking up trash, rubbish or debris from city streets and alleys; loads these materials into collection vehicles; cleans up area of collection.
Assists heavy duty packer truck operator in picking up refuse from containers at business establishments; directs driver in backing into alleys and driveways; picks up scattered trash and garbage in area.
Assists leaf machine operator in picking up leaves from city streets and alleys; directs driver in manipulating truck to avoid traffic.
Performs required labor involved in the removal of dead animals and loading and unloading into refuse trucks.
Insures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.
Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.
Performs all duties that are deemed necessary by the Sanitation Manager and/or departmental supervisor.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience:
(A) High school diploma or GED equivalent;
(B) Must possess a valid State Driver’s License and have a good driving record for last three years.
(C) Ability to read and write English: some experience in light truck and equipment operation and in laboring work; or any combination of education and experience.

Job Education

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(A) Some knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in the sanitation collection process.

(B) Skill in the operation of some of the listed tools and equipment.

(C) Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time; Ability to work safely; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public; Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.

Job Computer Skills

Possession of a valid Georgia motor vehicle license Class B.
Motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck; Common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, mobile radio and phones.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift/move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

City Of Covington Department


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