2024 Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O

May 9 - dinner at Denton American Legion

May 10 - competition

Midshore II Regional Solid Waste Facility, 12236 River Rd., Ridgely, MD 21660




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 2024, 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 is the overall sponsor 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 Maryland Environmental Service at its Midshore II Regional Solid Waste Facility located in Ridgely, MD.

Maryland Environmental Service is finalizing its planning of the event.  The Thursday evening dinner (May 9th) will be held at the Denton American Legion.  On Friday, May 10th, the Midshore II landfill will host equipment, truck, and mechanic competitions as well as a continental breakfast, lunch, and awards ceremony.  

Mark your calendars for May 9 & 10, 2024 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
  • Trucks
    • Front-end loader
    • Rear-end loader
    • Transfer Trailer
    • Roll-off
  • Mechanic (new for 2024!)
    • Landfill

In addition to contestants, we will need volunteers in order to conduct the event:

  • To be on-site at the event on May 10, 2024
    • To assist the host Maryland Environmental Service 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 is detailed in a form attached to this newsletter.   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 Michelle Minstrell (wasteknowledge@gmail.com).

Sponsorship Form

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 Gary Lasako (glasako@menv.com) or Eric Frase (efrase@menv.com).

For questions regarding registration, contact Chanda Martino (chanda@keystoneswana.org).

With the assistance of 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 9-10, 2024, can once again be a resounding success.



Tentative Agenda:

May 9, 2024

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM- Dinner, Denton American Legion

May 10, 2024

6:30 AM – Registration (light breakfast will be served)

7:30 AM – Course walk-through with Judges and Competitors

8:00 AM - Start Operator Pre-Trip inspections

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Skills Tests

Lunch will available starting at 11:30 AM

Awards ceremony will immediately follow lunch.

A block of rooms will be held until April 17 at Best Western Denton Inn.

Best Western Denton Inn, 521 Fleetwood Road, Denton, Maryland 21629-3306

To reserve a room from the block with the discounted rate, you need to call the hotel directly (410 479 8400and tell the desk you are reserving with the Mid Atlantic Road-E-O event and which date or dates you want to reserve. 

Queen Room (two queen-size beds - nonsmoking)

9th May 2024 - US$ 130.00 per night per room subject to taxes 

10th May 2024 - US$ 150.00 per night per room subject to taxes 


King Room (one king-size bed - nonsmoking)

9th May 2024 - US$ 125.00 per night per room subject to taxes 

10th May 2024 - US$ 145.00 per night per room subject to taxes 

Taxes 11% (6%-state &5%-county) 


Property & Room Facilities 

· Free Continental Hot Breakfast.

· High-Speed Wireless Internet Access in the Room & the Public Area. 

· Free Parking.

Congratulations to the 2023 Mid-Atlanta Regional Road-E-O winners!

Tractor Trailer

  1. Robert Lee, Northern Tier SWA
  2. John Rothrock, Wayne Township Landfill
  3. George Carroll, Maryland Environmental Service

Rear Loader

  1. Chris Powers, River Valley Disposal
  2. Dennis Gatling, Republic Services
  3. Matt McBratney, Northern Tier SWA


  1. Robert Lee, Northern Tier SWA
  2. John Gloden, Charles County, MD
  3. Mark Coleman, Cecil County, MD - DPW


  1. Logan Milby, Maryland Environmental Service
  2. Eddie Thomas, Cecil County, MD - DPW
  3. Duane Speck, Cecil County, MD - DPW


  1. Dave Swift, Republic Services
  2. Connor Bauman, Wayne Township Landfill
  3. James Downes, DSWA

Articulated Dump

  1. Eddie Thomas, Cecil County, MD - DPW
  2. Logan Milby, Maryland Environmental Service
  3. George Carroll, Maryland Environmental Service

Wheel Loader

  1. Dave Swift, Republic Services
  2. David Watts, Wayne Township Landfill
  3. Wally Wallace, Baltimore County Solid Waste

Champion Landfill Equipment Operator

  • Dave Swift, Republic Services

Didn't get to attend the Road-E-O this year? Check out SWANA's article about the 2023 Road-E-O. 


2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O

June 6 & 7, 2019

Blossburg, PA

Hosted by Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority with the help of Wayne Township Landfill of Clinton County, the Road-E-O was back in Pennsylvania!

The weather on June 7 was perfect for the Road-E-O competition held in the mountains of beautiful, northern Pennsylvania.

We're grateful to all our sponsors:

5 Star Equipment

Paradigm Software

Chester County Solid Waste Authority

Cleveland Brothers CAT

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority

Al-Jon by C&C Mfg.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority

Lawn & Golf Supply

M.R. Dirt

Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority


BAI Group

Eck's Garage

Eagle Truck Equipment, Inc.

MIC Insurance Services, LLC.

Highway Equipment & Supply Co. 

Congratulations to all the winners! The results from the Road-E-O are below. The 1st and 2nd place winner from each category can go on to compete at the International Road-E-O. The International Road-E-O will be held on October 25th in Glendale, Arizona. For more information about the 2019 International Road-E-O visit: www.swanaaz.org

Rear Loader

1) Cody Roe- NTSWA

2) Matt McBratney- NTSWA

3) Phil Vinsek- NTSWA

Roll Off Truck

1) Cody Roe-NTSWA

2) Robert Harrow- Clinton County SWA

3) Phil Vinsek- NTSWA

Front Loader

1) George Carroll- Maryland Environmental Services

2) Robert Lee-NTSWA

3) Chris Powers- LCSWMA

Transfer Trailer

1) Robert Lee- NTSWA

2) John Rothrock- Clinton County SWA

3) Chris Powers- Lancaster SWA

Wheel Loader

1) David Swift- Republic Services

2) Dave Watts- Clinton County SWA

3) Michael Keiser- Maryland Environmental Services


1) Lee Vinson- NTSWA

2) Logan Milby- Maryland Environmental Services

3) Cody Alexander- Clinton County SWA


1) Jim Reidinauer- Chester County SWA

2) David Swift- Republic Services

3) Dave Kessling- Clinton County SWA

Articulated Dump

1) Chase Weise- Clinton County SWA

2) Geroge Carroll- Maryland Environmental Services

3) Jody Beyer- Maryland Environmental Services

2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O

June 21 & 22, 2018

Hosted by Maryland Environmental Service

Ridgely, MD

The Road-E-O was a huge success again this year! Thank you to our hosts and all the sponsors!

Results can be found here. Check out some of the photos from the Road-E-O.

2017 Road-E-O

SWANA Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O

(Mid-Atlantic, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Chapters)

Hosted by Maryland Environmental Service at its Midshore II Regional Solid Waste Facility

in Ridgely MD on June 9, 2017

Article by Steve Lippy (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

The weather was superb . . . temperature in the 80s with a slight breeze ( the breeze was good except for the guy wearing the super-wide foam 10-gallon hat). 

Eleven agencies/companies were represented at the Road-E-O; three were from within our Chapter (Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Maryland Environmental Service, and Republic Services-Delaware), plus one from New Jersey and one from Virginia, with the rest from Pennsylvania. There were 37 contestants who participated in a total of 59 events. 

There were three different courses set up for six different competitions. The dozer and landfill compactor used the same course; the articulated dump truck and rubber tire loader, the second one; and the roll-off truck and front-end loader, the third. The number of contestants varied from seven to fifteen, with the dozer competition being the most popular.

The first and second place winners are eligible to attend the International Road-E-O to be held in Orlando Lake Buena Vista Florida on October 27-28.

This Road-E-O event could not have happened without a lot of support and assistance by many!

Many thanks to the following who donated equipment and trucks which were used during the competitions:


• Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems

• Maryland Environmental Service

Thanks to these companies/agencies who were sponsors:

Gold—Chester County Solid Waste Authority

Gold—Paradigm Software

Silver—Barton & Loquidice

Bronze—BAI Group Inc.

We also thank those who donated door prizes, giveaway items, and other needed items:

• Chester County Solid Waste Authority

• Delaware Solid Waste Authority

• EA Engineering

• Geosyntec Consultants

• Maryland Environmental Service

• Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

• Republic Services

• SCS Engineers

• Solid Waste Association of North America

There were at least twenty-six volunteers on Friday: registering contestants, judging on the three courses, taking photographs, “ being runners,.” score keepers, etc. On Thursday, the three courses had been laid out.

Most importantly, this would not have been possible without MES agreeing to host the Road-E-O for the fourth time in the past six years

(2012-2014, and 2017). This entailed innumerable hours of planning and coordination by MES. Special thanks to MES employees Tim

Ford, Marcia King, Jeff Fried (and his wife Chris), and Monty Monteith.

Not only do we have still photographs of the event, there are also some mini-videos of the competition, thanks to Andrew Kays.

Congratulations to all those who participated and placed!

- article by Steve Lippy, Mid-Atlantic Chapter


 Rank  Score  Name  Employer
 1  336  John Zell   Republic Services 
 2  315  Benny Thompson   Northern Tier SWA
 3  282  Eric Dixon, Jr.  Clinton County SWA
ROLL OFF      
 Rank Score Name  Employer 
 1 336  John Zell   Republic Services
 2  310  Eric Dixon, Sr.  Clinton County SWA
 3  287  Jon Bowen  MES
 Rank Score   Name  Employer
 1 92   Cole Alexander  Clinton County SWA
 2 90   Walter Winemiller  Modern Landfill
 3 89   Bruce Pepper  MES
 Rank 88  Logan Milby  MES
 1 86  Jane LaMotte  Republic (Conestoga)
 2 84   Nick Hudler  MES
 Rank Score   Name  Employer
 1 94  David Kessling  Clinton County SWA 
 2 92  James Reidnauer  Chester County SWA
 3 90  Jimmy Lawman  Modern Landfill
 Rank Score  Name  Employer 
 1 90  James Reidnauer  Chester County SWA
 2 88   Cody Alexander  Clinton County SWA
 3 87  James Downes  Delaware SWA
 Dozer 94   David Kessling  Clinton County SWA

Photos & Video Credits:  A. Kays, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

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