Knowledgebase-Refuse/Sanitation Collection Survey


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Title:Refuse/Sanitation Collection Survey
Summary:MTAS asked nine cities about the salaries paid for operators of specific collection equipment.
Original Author:Stokes, Richard
Co-Author:
Product Create Date:04/27/2015
Last Reviewed on::03/29/2017
Subject:Solid waste--Surveys; Solid waste--Collection--Equipment; Solid waste--Collection
Type:Survey
Original Document: Survey Results - Refuse operator salaries by vehicle operated2.pdfSurvey Results - Refuse operator salaries by vehicle operated2.pdf

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Text of Document: Refuse/Sanitation Collection Survey
Please complete the following questions and return to Richard.stokes@tennessee.edu . Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
1. Does your sanitation department operate a manual, rear-loader, back door servicing 350 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton Yes
Chattanooga No
Franklin No
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Elizabethton One heavy utility operator at $23,654.00 and two utility workers at $ 20,855.00 each.


2. Does your sanitation department operate a manual, rear-loader, curbside servicing 650 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga Yes
Franklin Yes
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Chattanooga $28,137
Franklin $14.95-$21.11hr


3. Does your sanitation department operate a semi-auto, rear-loader, curbside w cans servicing 700 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga Yes
Franklin No
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Chattanooga $28,137


4. Does your sanitation department operate a manual, rear-loader, curbside bagged trash (no cans) servicing 800 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga No
Franklin Yes
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Franklin $14.95-$21.11hr


5. Does your sanitation department operate a semi-auto, side-loader, curbside w cans servicing 500 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga No
Franklin Yes
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Franklin $14.95-$21.11hr


6. Does your sanitation department operate a semi-automated, side-loader, curbside bagged trash servicing 950 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga No
Franklin No
Cookeville No


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary


7. Does your sanitation department operate an automated, side-loader, curbside w cans servicing 950 customers/day/vehicle?

City Yes/No
Elizabethton No
Chattanooga Yes
Franklin Yes
Cookeville Yes


If yes, what is the salary paid for these operators?

City Salary
Chattanooga $28,137
Franklin $14.95-$21.11hr
Cookeville $28,766-$43,160


8. What is the percentage your organization pays for benefits?

City % of Benefits
Elizabethton 38
Chattanooga 20 medical
Franklin 85% for single, 80% for family med. 100% for single dental, 100% LTD, 100% life insurance = 1 yr salary plus $50,000.
Cookeville 35


9. Comments:

City Comments
Elizabethton The 38% is for all fringe benefits.
Chattanooga Our routes on full automated is closer to 1,100 not 900
Jackson Our collection is contracted to Waste Management
Oak Ridge Refuse collection for the City of Oak Ridge is handled by a contract. We do not have access to the detailed information you requested.
Farragut The Town of Farragut does not offer sanitation services.
Lakeland The City of Lakeland does not have its own sanitation pickup.
Cookeville We service approximately 700 customers per day /per truck using 3 side-loading trucks - 5 days a week.
Mt. Juliet I wanted to let you know that Mt. Juliet doesn’t have a Refuse Department. This is all sourced out to private companies. Thanks - Janet


Contact Information

City # of Employees Contact Person Contact Number
Elizabethton 8 Angela Lyons 423.547.6248
Chattanooga 14 Gary Franks 423.619.2692
Jackson Lynn Henning 731.423.4585
Oak Ridge Penny Sissom
Farragut Janet Curry 865.966.7057
Franklin 700 Shirley Harmon-Gower 615.791.3216
Lakeland Cheryl Yarbro
Cookeville 425 Gail Fowler 931.520.5256
Mt. Juliet Janet Southards


Thanks for taking the time to respond to this survey. Please save this document and return to Richard Stokes at stokesr@tennessee.edu or print the completed form and fax to 615/532-4963.