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Refuse Checker

Salary: $14.37-$17.54 hourly / $2,499-$3,050 monthly / Range: 4676

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, estimates weights and load composition while operating a platform scale; determines, collects, and reconciles disposal fees; directs and controls vehicular traffic; enforces refuse ordinances and safety rules; and performs related tasks as required.


1. Directs customers to proper unloading location; determines types of material in customer's vehicle; weighs incoming and outgoing commodities in refuse vehicles, and calculates and collects disposal fees from customer; handles cash and check transactions and makes change; explains disposal fees to customers; operates automated and/or manual cash and charge registering system; issues receipts; reconciles and prepares reports and maintains proper receipt records; balances cash drawer at the end of the work shift; prepares and makes daily bank deposits; and estimates and buys daily cash and change requirements.
2. Reviews and enforces refuse ordinance and facility safety rules; inspects loads for unacceptable materials; prevents unloading of illegal, hazardous, or toxic materials by explaining regulations to customers; removes various items (i.e., computer monitors, tires, televisions, etc.) from the waste stream; identifies and documents illegal dumping or other hazardous materials incidents; and alerts management and provides information on person(s) responsible for illegal dumping.
3. Directs and controls refuse vehicle traffic at transfer stations and landfills to designated areas; coordinates vehicle parking with equipment operators; coordinates loader operation with traffic flow; and maintains contact with scale house and other operational personnel while on the pad to ensure effective site operations.
4. Enters data into the computer system; prints out daily tonnage reports; identifies and corrects minor computer software failures; refers more complex problems to programmer and follows direction to bring system on line; and responds to system down time by converting to manual accounting systems.


1. One year of work experience that included public contact and cashiering; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualification: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: basic math to balance cash register receipts to funds received; U.S. currency to make change; and basic computer operations and applications.

Ability to: read and apply appropriate safety rules and ordinances; maintain accurate records of materials and funds received; learn to identify illegal, hazardous, or toxic materials and substances; learn to operate a loader and communicate by two-way radio; learn to use an automated cash register; deal tactfully and effectively with the public; correctly read platform scales; learn the volume weight relationships of various types of refuse and vehicles; learn traffic direction techniques and methods; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers; handle multiple tasks simultaneously; organize work and set priorities; follow verbal and/or written instructions; and learn to use various computer applications for records maintenance.


Knowledge of: volume weight relationships of various types of refuse and vehicles; safe work practices and regulations; and traffic direction techniques and methods.

Ability to: use an automated cash register; identify illegal, hazardous, or toxic materials and substances; operate a loader; communicate by two-way radio; and speak Spanish.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Incumbents are required to: work rotating shifts, rotating work locations, holidays, and weekends; stand on hard surfaces up to 4 hours; and may be exposed to unpleasant field working conditions, including rainy, cold, windy, or hot weather. In addition, incumbents are required to move items weighing 40 pounds or more (i.e., computer monitors, large tires, televisions, etc.).

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