After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, a Regional Road-E-O has been scheduled. The SWANA ROAD-E-O mission is to provide operators of solid waste collection and landfill equipment an opportunity to showcase their skills. This is done at a one-day event during which contestants operate various solid waste collection trucks and landfill equipment on different courses in the field and are scored according to their proficiency, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners recognized. It is an opportunity for operators to not only compete with other operators, but to provide them an opportunity to network with operators in the region from other companies or entities. In addition, first and second place winners will be eligible to attend the SWANA International Road-E-O to be held in the Fall 2022 in El Paso, Texas, to compete against and network with contestants from across the US and Canada. The Road-E-O is also an opportunity for employers and management to recognize and acknowledge their best field personnel by promoting the event and allowing them to attend and participate.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter will be responsible for the Regional Road-E-O, which includes our neighboring chapters to the north: Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The actual event will be hosted by the Cecil County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Management Division at its Central Landfill in Elkton, MD.
David Horne (Division Chief), Fred Dollenger (Assistant Chief), and Tanya Adams (Recycling Program Manager) are ACTIVELY planning and preparing for the event, albeit over five months from now. Some decisions have been made already, e.g., both the landfill heavy equipment and truck courses will be at the Landfill, as well as the Thursday evening dinner and the Friday continental breakfast, lunch, and awards ceremony. A budget is being developed in order to set registrant fees for contestants with a goal to have registration forms for both contestants and volunteers available before January. In addition, there may be a “Closest to the pin” on-site fundraiser, as well as bleachers to watch the landfill equipment events.
Even though all the details have not yet been finalized, mark your calendars for May 12-13, 2022 AND begin to decide to have or to recruit members of your field staff to participate in the contests. The contests at the May event will include the following (assuming a minimum number of three registrants for each category):
- Heavy landfill equipment
- Landfill compactor
- Track dozer
- Rubber-tired front-end loader
- Articulated dump truck
- Front-end loader
- Rear-end loader
Besides contestants, we will need volunteers in order to conduct the event:
- To serve on the Road-E-O Committee
- To help plan and coordinate
- To assist with general promotion for contestants and event volunteers with newsletter articles, website posts, etc.
- To assist with soliciting swag giveaways for the contestant bags
- To assist with obtaining sponsorships
- To be on-site at the event on May 12 and/or May 13
- To assist the host Cecil County – DPW -Solid Waste Management Division as needed
- To lay out the courses
- To judge the contestants on the courses
- To tally scores (two volunteers already)
- To be score sheet runners
- To be “gophers”
In addition to contestants and volunteers, we will need sponsors, who will receive various levels of advertising/recognition, depending on the sponsorship levels, which will be detailed in forms to be finalized by January. If you know of any vendor or company who services the solid waste management industry and may be interested in sponsoring the Road-E-O, please contact them. If unwilling or unable to contact them, send their names and contact information to David Horne ([email protected]).
We will also be preparing swag giveaway bags for the contestants, so any suitable items for field personnel would be appreciated, but are not needed until early May.
For more information or questions on the Road-E-O, or to volunteer, contact David Horne or Steve Lippy ([email protected]).
As forms are finalized, they will be posted on the Chapter’s website and emailed to the members.
With assistance by all Mid-Atlantic Chapter members, such as allowing and recruiting your agencies’ operators to register and participate, volunteering to serve on the Committee and/or at the event, sponsoring the Road-E-O, contacting potential sponsors (or forwarding their names), donating raffle items or swag giveaways, etc., the SWANA Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O on May 12-13, 2022, can be a resounding success, as were the previous Regional Road-E-O events held in Maryland and hosted by Harford County DPW at its Harford Waste Disposal Center (2003 and 2004) and the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) at its Mid-Shore II Regional Solid Waste Facility in Ridgely, MD (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018).
The three SWANA chapters of Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are all appreciative of Cecil County stepping forth and volunteering to host their inaugural Regional Road-E-O. Let us be supportive and assist them to have a GREAT event!