Small Equipment Operator

Small Equipment Operators are responsible for operating equipment including, but not limited to, paper balers, front-end loaders, bobcats, and forklifts to transport or bind paper or loose materials to facilitate handling as well as load or unload materials into trailers or/and railcars. Equipment Operators are exposed to unpleasant odors and sights and weather elements. The hours and physical demand may vary by location.

  • Operates equipment safely in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations and company policies.
  • Performs safe driving practices while transporting, loading, and unloading loose or baled materials.
  • Safely stacks baled material in a manner that does not endanger personnel, equipment, or materials.
  • Organizes and secures the stored materials by the policy.
  • Conducts pre-trip/post-trip inspections on equipment and completes necessary forms.
  • Performs general housekeeping in the MRF and surrounding areas to maintain a clean, safe work area in compliance with Company and OSHA standards.
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment, (ie. lubricating, fueling, and cleaning equipment).
  • Monitors recycling for signs of unacceptable material.
  • Weighs, tags, logs, and prepares baled transport materials.
  • Professional interaction with internal and external customers.
  • Cleans waste from equipment body and wheels throughout the day.
  • Performs sorting line duties as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job (prolonged physical exertions, including sitting, standing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, and climbing). Also, the ability to withstand “bumpy” ride on equipment.
  • Previous experience operating equipment preferred.
  • Ability to maneuver equipment through tight areas and high equipment and pedestrian traffic.
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Ability to work in plant conditions with exposure to weather elements.
  • Good verbal communication skills to be able to communicate effectively and professionally with internal and external customers.
  • Must pass a written and operational test to be licensed to operate forklifts and bobcats.
  • Recycling industry experience, a plus.
  • Additional skills may be required to perform additional task(s) specific to work location, department, or line of business.

  • Legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must complete pre-employment testing.
  • Must be able to read and speak English well enough to communicate, understand, and respond to questions, directions, traffic signs, signals, and safety training.

  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions.
  • Exposure to dust, noise, heat, cold, and fumes found in a plant environment.
  • Exposure to residential and commercial waste and recycling.
  • Exposure to high pedestrian and equipment traffic.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature, complexity, and level of work to be performed by employees assigned to this position, and is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. It does not prescribe or restrict the work that may be assigned. Furthermore, this does not establish an employment contract and is subject to change at the discretion of the company.