Hazardous Materials Specialist

GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for sorting various categories of household waste and refuse into hazardous or recyclable materials based upon federal, state and GICW requirements. Act as point-of-contact for problems involving handling and disposal of material gathered by Transportation/Collection workers.


  • Properly sort household hazardous waste materials into supplied containers.
  • Sort out recyclable materials and dispose of them in proper containers.
  • Move full containers to staging areas and replenish working area with empty containers.
  • Operate forklift to assist with loading or unloading.
  • Prepare records and reports as requested.
  • Read and know content of household hazardous waste procedures.
  • Maintain work area in a safe, clean and orderly fashion.
  • Keep the Salvage & Recycling Manager informed of problems and plausible solutions.
  • Train transportation and donation attendant employees on select subjects concerning hazardous materials
  • Foster and demonstrate a positive team environment
  • Must be able to demonstrate upon request functional literacy and numeric proficiency.
  • Must have command of the English language sufficient to verbally communicate with the general public.
  • Must pass a drug screening test and background check
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation


  • Work is primarily performed in a warehouse environment on an open dock. May perform work at a donation site or a trailer/truck unloading site.
  • Exposed to all weather conditions, moving trucks and forklifts, and moderate noise levels.
  • Work involves sorting of household products which may be unlabeled and/or potential hazardous chemicals.
  • Driving hazards as a passenger in vehicles.
  • Long periods of standing or walking.
  • Moderate adaptability required: Work environment occasionally hectic (fast paced) with irregular short deadlines and a limited number of critical or unusual situations.
  • DOT Strength Classification – Medium.




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