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Municipal Recycling Truck Driver

Municipal recycling truck drivers collect, sort, and transport recyclable waste materials including glass, plastic, metal, and paper.

  • Avg. Salary $54,602.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.00
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Driver, Recycling Truck Driver

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators (7422) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators (H612) 
  • 2011 NOC: Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (7522) 
  • 2016 NOC: Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (7522) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Municipal Recycling Truck Driver is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators

Interest in driving garbage trucks, street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers and other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes, snowploughs and plough blades; sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners; and trucks equipped with road-sanding and other similar apparatus


Interest in comparing information to maintain streets and repair sewer systems, and to remove garbage and dump loads at designated areas


Interest in checking, lubricating, refuelling and cleaning equipment, and in reporting any malfunctions to supervisors

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2018

Municipal recycling truck drivers pick up special types of recyclable materials along assigned routes. They may operate regular trucks or specially designed trucks. These trucks may have dual-drive cabs or automated side loaders.

Duties vary but, in general, municipal recycling truck drivers:

  • inspect the vehicle and equipment before they start driving (to ensure things are safe and in good working order)
  • follow a regular pickup route or route card instructions
  • load blue bins or bags into collection units or sort materials into truck compartments
  • answer questions about recycling and deal respectfully with the public
  • speak with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, and other maintenance problems
  • return to recycling depots or warehouses to dump truck contents
  • refuel trucks at depots
  • keep work areas and trucks clean, and remove snow as required
  • review policies and procedures often
  • complete required paperwork.

In some places, truck operators collect both refuse and recyclable materials. To learn more, see the Refuse Collector profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

In general, municipal recycling truck drivers work shifts. They may have to work split shifts, afternoons, and weekends.

Drivers work in all types of weather. They work with waste materials that may be dirty or smelly. They routinely lift items that weigh up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Municipal recycling truck drivers need to possess:

  • the ability to work steadily and quickly for a full shift
  • the ability to follow directions
  • the ability to work on their own
  • confidence operating large equipment.

They should enjoy:

  • routine, repetitive work
  • driving.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Municipal recycling truck drivers are trained on the job.

Employers require job applicants to have a clean driving record and a Class 3 Operator’s Licence with air brake “Q” endorsement.

There are no formal education requirements for municipal recycling truck drivers. However, they may need a high school diploma to advance.

For a list of driving schools in Alberta, please go to the Alberta Transportation website.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Municipal recycling truck drivers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7511: Transport truck drivers. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the 7522: Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.7% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 58 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018
Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $33.91 $25.19 $27.00
Overall $18.00 $37.30 $28.00 $27.55
Top $20.00 $44.08 $31.01 $31.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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