waste management

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by Graymist, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. brtecson

    brtecson Light Load Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Around here, WM, Allied Waste, and Veolia union drivers start around $16-18/hr and top out at $25-27/hr. Most of their drivers work over 50 hrs/week though. Not to mention company paid health insurance and pension.
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  2. hmmm

    hmmm Bobtail Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    Appleton Wi
    I currently work for WM. I make 79K a year with them, but I do residential for the most part. I work 55 hours or so/week. Our site is union, however some are not. I am looking to get out of it, though. I know, you're thinking "for that money I'd stay", but here are the problems-
    Almost all of the upper and middle management around here have never driven a truck-they got a degree, but have no clue. They make new rules and policies without thinking of the impact that they will have on the employees. And, because the turnover is low, anyone who speaks up (including management) about such new procedures are shown the door in the near future.
    They have Private investigators around here who follow drivers, videotaping them, and they'll keep the tape until they need it.
    So, yes, the money is there, but so is the BS in mass quantites.....
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  3. blessedwith3boys

    blessedwith3boys <strong>"Future Mustang Owner"</strong>

    Jun 25, 2008
    My husband used to work for Waste Managment until the particular branch he works for got taken over by another company. What type of truck were you looking to drive exactly? A recycling truck truck perhaps?
  4. Boo'sdad

    Boo'sdad Bobtail Member

    Aug 10, 2008
    Little Rock Ar
    A lot of the union drivers get paid by the yard, and have to pay union dued. Hourly pay companies, pay the drivers well because, they do't want unions. They are a great company to work for, good money and great benefits. wanted to go back with them, but no positions open. Keep on trucking and don't give up on them.
  5. Skateboardr'swife

    Skateboardr'swife Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    My brother has been with WM for almost 21 years here in Illinois. Has experienced just about any type of haul they have and does only commercial accounts now. They moved their site from near our town up to Wisc. so now he has about 45 min drive to the hub each way, fuel allowance would have been great! Their health benefits are wonderful, he's up to 4 weeks paid vacations (downside is he has to pick them at the beginning of each year, no switching) averages 55 to 60 hours a week but home very night, think he starts at 4am. YUCK! alot of pluses with them I think.... Downside, they constantly get pulled over by DOT for being overweight, but they have to run it that way and the company picks up the fine (yeah for that) Just my 3 cents worth:biggrin_25525:
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  6. knighton5

    knighton5 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    Rose City
    The company pays all overweight tickets? Thats nice, however, does a overweight ticket go on your record? Thx
  7. Skateboardr'swife

    Skateboardr'swife Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    I just talked to him and he said as far as he knows, nothing is on his report. The state just sits and waits for them before they get to the dump site and it's a money maker for them. He says as of yet, W/M is still running them heavy and still paying fines, but.... quote" If you like or dislike something with W/M, wait 15 minutes, it will change" lolllll
  8. durrty

    durrty Light Load Member

    May 10, 2008

    yea right..80 k a year for garbage,i cannot believe that wayne hazeinka the owner of the dolphins would pay a garbage man that much let alone pay some of his dolphins that much.what a bunch of garbage

    MGASSEL Road Train Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    Depends on how many years that guy was there for and the rate of pay.
    Remember most local jobs pay by the hour and they start at 10 per hour I think waste managment gives 12-15 per hour anything over 40 hours is time and half.
  10. semi-nutz

    semi-nutz Bobtail Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    bottom left coast
    "WASTED MANAGEMENT"! Boy does that take me back. In the mid '70s, I drove afternoons for a guy that was contracted to a local garbage company. When WM (supposedly a subsidiery of the Chicago mob) bought the company out, they had to either buy the independants routes, or continue the contract. The guy I worked for started buying bins and we would empty those along with WM's accounts. The landfill was owned by WM, so we incurred no dump fees. I would get calls from the dispatcher to not pick up accounts that were behind in paying, little did they know my boss had undercut their fees, and "oops, I dumped their garbage" (had been doing so for weeks). What a scam my boss had going. He bought a second truck, and a small skip loader. We would transfer the garbage from his side route to the main truck and go to the landfill early morning, then again in the afternoon, when the scale house shift changed. Finally they caught on and bought his route, by then he had established a competitive small company in the outlying areas they didn't want. Garbage work is good, except in the summer with the smell. In the winter you get weeks where the loads are light due to any wet solid freezing in the bins. Then you get a day where it's warm enough that all those ice cubes slide right out and have to unload twice as often. Was fun work, you see the world thru the back door, and I was in better physical condition than after basic training. The best part is backing out of an alley without looking or regard, knowing people yield to you not wanting the humiliation of running into a garbage truck.
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