Wages & Outlook
Wages vary by area of the country and the collector's duties.
Full-time trash collectors usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include paid vacation, health insurance, and sick leave. Some employers also offer a retirement plan.
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In Minnesota, about 2,015 trash collectors work in this small occupation.
- Local government agencies (sanitation department)
- Trash collection companies
- Temporary worker agencies
- Waste treatment and disposal companies
As the population grows, more waste will be created. Some of this will be recycled and some will be trash. Collectors will be needed to pick up both items. However, trash companies are trying to reduce their costs, so they may not hire many new employees. Instead, current employees may work longer hours. In addition, some companies have distributed trash cans with special handles. These cans can be lifted by a mechanical arm on a truck instead of by the trash collector. Collectors can work much faster on routes that have these cans. Some jobs will also be available as current workers retire or switch jobs.
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