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28 May 2021


Madras Madras, Oregon, United States

Job Description

 Job Description

Waste Collection Route Truck Driver

Madras Sanitary Service


The Waste Collection Route Truck Driver is responsible for garbage collection services in order to ensure that garbage is transported and disposed of in an appropriate manner.  The Waste Collection Route Truck Driver is employed by Madras Sanitary Service with the working hours required for the position being 5:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday


Purpose of the Position:

(Major responsibilities and target accomplishments expected of the position including the typical problems encountered in carrying out the responsibilities.)


The Waste Collection Route Driver is Responsible for the following:


  • Responsible for driving trucks, following established routes through residential streets, alleys, business and/or industrial areas while providing garbage collection service to the customers of Madras Sanitary Service.
  • Dispose of collected refuse at Box Canyon Transfer Station.
  • Pre and post trip truck inspections to ensure safe operating conditions.
  • Fuel trucks and add other fluids as necessary.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • Communicates delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
  • Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
  • Tag containers to inform customers of problems such as inclusion of items that are not permitted.
  • Clean trucks or compactor bodies following Alternate Entry Confined Space Protocol as deemed necessary.
  • Works with office to maintain correct order in tele route positions with starts, stops, skips, etc.
  • Wash truck and keep the inside of the cab clean.



(The way that the position contributes to and impacts on the organization)


  • Responsible for operating rear loader and/or automated garbage trucks in a safe, efficient, and responsible manner following all company protocols.
  • Must deal with customers, members of the public, coworkers, Operations Manager, Supervisor and owners in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Any complaints received should be directed to the Operations Manager and/or Supervisor.
  • Conduct all activities according to the schedule of the day, as well as the needs of the public.
  • Clean, maintain and secure all trucks, equipment and working areas.
  • Advise the mechanic of any needed repairs and participates in routine maintenance.
  • Practice workplace safety and support workplace safety programs. Dons PPE as appropriate.


Purpose of the Position/Responsibilities:

(Major responsibilities and target accomplishments expected of the position.)


  • Collect and review the current dispatch for the day with add-on’s dispatched by the office throughout the day, as well as the regular route.
  • Pull the truck file book for the specific truck driving for the day, located in the shop.
  • Reviews the last driver vehicle inspection report; and
    • If the previous days report shows no previous deficiencies, the driver is ready to go start their truck and do their daily walk-through.
    • If the previous days report shows defects or deficiencies noted by the driver who prepared the report, the mechanic will either;
      • a) correct the deficits; or,
      • b) determine the defects need not be corrected for safe operation of the vehicle. These defects will be put on a shop task list, and dependent on the tasks it can be a group effort to accomplish the defect, i.e. light bulb out, windshield wipers, etc.
      • The Mechanic’s signature will be found under the defects determinations. As today’s driver, you must sign to acknowledge your review as certification of required repairs being done.
    • The driver is now ready to start their vehicle with the following protocol:
      • The driver enters the vehicle and makes any needed seat adjustments for proper foot placement on pedals.
      • Once the truck is checked to make sure it is in neutral, the truck may be started.
      • All trucks should idle for a maximum of 15 minutes, dependent on weather conditions. With a 5:45 start time drivers should be leaving the yard by 6:00 each morning.
      • A minimum vehicle check of the following should be done:
        • Observe for any fluids on the ground.
        • Check the oil. Fill if needed.
        • Check the radiator fluid. Fill if needed.
        • Check the tires.
        • Check all lights.
        • Check all gauges to make sure working correctly.
      • As all is determined okay, proceed with driving duties.
    • Collect garbage from residential buildings, businesses and other facilities.
    • Use Tele Route for electronic routing and logging of information directly into the customer’s account. Maintains timely logging for the office of:
      • Extra charges.
      • Any customer Not-Outs (customers not dumped because they did not have their carts out for pick-up).
      • Any blocked carts.
      • Dump and Resets not dispatched needing charged for, i.e. when-out’s, etc.
      • Anything else that needs communicated back to the customer from the office (instructions for cart placement, any issues at the pick-up site location, any bags not taken, etc.)
    • Pick up refuse in other areas as required.
    • Dispose of collected refuse at Box Canyon Transfer Station.
    • At the completion of each day’s work, the driver should review and report on at least the following parts and accessories following Form 100 “Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report”:
      • Brakes including trailer brake connections
      • Parking break
      • Steering mechanism
      • Lighting devices and reflectors
      • Tires
      • Horn
      • Windshield wipers
      • Rear vision mirrors
      • Coupling devices
      • Wheels and rims
      • Emergency Equipment
    • The driver pulls the truck file book for the specific truck reporting on and pulls out the “Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report, Simplified Duplicate Copy”.
      • If no defects are noted:
        • Check the first box, “I detect no defect or deficiency”.
        • Record the ending mileage.
        • Record the number of hours in operation.
        • Sign, place the “Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report”, Simplified Duplicate Copy back in the drivers book and place back on the shelf in the shop in its perspective place.
      • If defects are noted:
        • Check the second box, “I detect the following defects or deficiencies”.
        • Write a description of the problem for the mechanic in detail.
        • Record the ending mileage.
        • Record the number of hours in operation.
        • Sign, place the “Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report, Simplified Duplicate Copy” back in the drivers book.
        • The driver does the following with the driver’s book when a defect has been noted:
          • If the mechanic is here and available, take the entire truck file book to the mechanic and report the defects verbally. This allows descriptive discussion of what the source of the problem may be.
          • If the mechanic is not available, place the truck file book in his chair and call him.
        • Once the above driver responsibilities have been accomplished, the following duties are to fill in the time for productivity for the entire work shift:
          • Wash trucks and keep the inside of the cab clean.
          • Shred documents guaranteeing confidentiality. Anything that is shredded is not public knowledge (shared responsibility with other positions)
          • Wash previously brought in carts and containers placing in proper rows to be placed back out on route as needed. (shared responsibility with other positions)
          • Delivery and Retrieval (DART) of carts and containers as needed following proper lifting protocols and using lift gates and/or other equipment and/or coworker assistance in moving item. (shared responsibility with other positions)
          • Trash pick on property and neighboring properties (shared responsibility with other positions).
          • Strip wire (shared responsibility with other positions).
          • Take in e-cycling (TVs, computer monitors, towers, keyboards, mouse, desk top printers, laptop computers) from the public. Sorting, packing and storing of these same items for future loading and shipment. (shared responsibility with other positions)
          • Keep all equipment, vehicles and work areas clean, tidy and safe for frequenting by other employees and the public.
          • Ensure equipment is safely and securely stored.
          • Practice workplace safety and participate in all workplace Safety programs and trainings as requested and required.
          • Any other duties as assigned by Operations Manager and/or Supervisor.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for satisfactory job performance)


The Waste Collection Route Driver must have or attain proficient knowledge, skills & abilities in the following areas:


  • Knowledge of truck and equipment safety.
  • Knowledge of rear loader and automated garbage truck and equipment operation.
  • Knowledge of garbage collection and disposal procedures.
  • Knowledge of route and dispatching system and procedures.
  • Knowledge of appropriate record keeping.
  • Knowledge of equipment cleaning standards and procedures.
  • Ability to operate single axel trucks in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Ability to operate required equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Ability to operate a passenger vehicle with a double axel car trailer and the proper use of lift gates in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Must have client service and public interaction skills. Ability to listen carefully to customer inquiries and complaints and then deal with them in a responsive, professional manner involving the Operations Manager and/or Supervisor when necessary.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with the Operations Manager, Supervisor, Owners and co-workers in a courteous, respectful and professional manner and maintain a good team attitude.  Ways in which employees interact with others and the way in which direction is accepted can affect your performance.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills. MSS is very receptive to ideas and welcome suggestions that will help us operate more efficiently.
  • Ability to read and write.
  • Stress management skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Be honest, trustworthy, flexible and respectful.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics.
  • Deal with the public in a positive, courteous and respectful manner conducting yourself in a manner that maintains the MSS reputation for quality, integrity and service providing a quality service to each and every customer by being courteous, neat, friendly and helpful.
  • Must possess a valid Class B driver’s license with an air break endorsement and a valid medical card.
  • Ability to possess regular attendance, arriving for work on time, being ready to start work at the beginning of your scheduled shift, adhering to scheduled break time lengths and complete your shift as scheduled.


Working Conditions:

(The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed and which create hardship for the employee including the frequency and duration of occurrence of physical demands, environmental conditions, demands on one’s senses and mental demand.)


  • The Waste Collection Route Driver has a physically strenuous and demanding job. He/she will be lifting, pulling and managing heavy equipment and objects.  Must possess the ability to lift up to 50 pounds following proper lifting body mechanics.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions.  Must be prepared for both extreme heat and cold.
  • Don appropriate PPE as required.
  • Exposure to unpleasant sights and smells.
  • Potential exposure to dangerous and/or toxic substances.  Take necessary precaution to protect eyes, nose and skin from irritation, infection and contamination to others.






Employee Signature                   __________________


Printed Name                                     __________________________


Date                                                  __________________________


I have read and understand the responsibilities assigned to this position.   I also understand that other duties will be assigned during day-to-day operations.


Job Categories: Driver. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: $18+ per hour DOE.


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