Companies that specialize in waste removal or sanitation, such as Waste Management, OldCastle Materials and Con-Struct, Inc., offer jobs as dump truck drivers. These positions typically require a minimum amount of previous experience and require the person to both drive the garbage removal vehicle and operate the exterior machinery.
Waste Management, one of the largest dump truck driver employers in North America, is a publicly traded environmental services company and was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Houston, Texas, it operates a large nationwide network of sanitation workers and vehicles. As of February 2015, this network includes 355 transfer stations for processing and transporting waste, 273 active landfills that receive waste products and 367 collection operations that remove waste from both commercial and residential properties.
Positions as a dump truck driver typically do not require special certifications beyond possession of the appropriate class of driver's license as required by the state. The job involves operating one of several varieties of waste collection trucks through either a residential or commercial collection route. In residential collection, the driver is responsible for collecting waste from top-loading curbside trash cans on a regular basis. Some residential areas also make use of large dumpsters for collecting waste.