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Municipal Recycling Truck Driver

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

  • Avg. Salary $58,911.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.13
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Recycling Truck Driver, 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) 
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 Dec 16, 2016

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

Specific duties vary from one employer to another but, in general, municipal recycling truck drivers:

  • conduct vehicle and equipment inspections before they start driving to ensure that their vehicles are in safe driving condition
  • follow a regular pick-up route or route card instructions
  • load blue bags into collection units or sort materials in collection boxes into truck compartments
  • answer questions about recycling and deal respectfully with the public
  • communicate 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 truck clean and remove snow as required
  • review policies and procedures regularly and complete neccessary paperwork.

In some municipalities, truck operators collect both refuse and recyclable materials (for more information, see the Refuse Collector occupational profile).

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Municipal recycling truck drivers usually work shifts. They may be required to work split shifts, afternoons and weekends.

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

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Municipal recycling truck drivers need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to work steadily and quickly for a full shift 
  • the ability to follow directions
  • the ability to work independently.

They should enjoy routine, repetitive work and driving.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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 License with air brake "Q" endorsement.

There are no formal education requirements for municipal recycling truck drivers. However, a high school diploma may be required for advancement.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

International Academy for Professional Driving (IAPD Canada)

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Recycling truck drivers may be employed by:

  • municipalities (cities or towns)
  • not-for-profit recycling organizations
  • privately owned recycling collection services.

Experienced drivers may move into other driving occupations (for more information, see the Bus Driver and Truck Driver occupational profiles). Advancement opportunities generally require at least a high school diploma.

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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,500 Albertans are employed in the Public works maintenance equipment operators occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 21 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As municipal recycling truck drivers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for rmunicipal recycling truck drivers.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016
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 $16.00 $34.22 $22.88 $22.00
Overall $24.45 $36.56 $28.13 $25.12
Top $26.35 $43.62 $33.47 $34.41

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Public Administration

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 High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training

Updated Apr 11, 2014. 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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