Once I got into the run of the job I would get to work a little early and clock in, pre trip my truck and let it warm up. Then sit in the drivers room reviewing paperwork and chatting with some of the friendliest (and helpful) bunch of guys I've had the pleasure of working with.
The work is pretty straight-forward and easy. If you finish early you go help someone with a longer route; if your behind someone will always come to help you - everyone finishes at the same time more or less.
You really only deal with one guy on the phone and he knows pretty much everything, and is very nice and understanding. As long as you don't lie to him he will treat you as an equal.
Most days are nice and your outside so its not bad, and the bins are rarely heavy. If its extremely hot it can be a little hard, but just bring alot of water. When it rains though the job is miserable, get a ultra light weight poncho and water proof boots.
You ALWAYS get paid for 10 hours even if you worked less. Anything over 10 is OT.
A catch-22 is you work every stat but 1 or 2... you get all OT that day PLUS the stat pay, but your working so...
Great Boss, 10 hour guarentee
Rain days are horrible