UPDATE: Road-e-o Ropes in Two New Events

MCELHATTAN, PA. - Following a successful Road-e-o, the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Keystone chapter hopes the two events it pioneered will be added to SWANA's national competition in 1999.

Both the haul truck and backhoe events were created for Keystone's 10th annual Road-e-o, which was held at the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority's Wayne Township Landfill. This was the first time the landfill hosted the event.

"We are trying to bring new life to this annual event by asking for more sponsors, having [relevant] events, promoting sponsors and asking them to set up displays at the event," says Jay Alexander, general manager for the Wayne Township Landfill and SWANA Keystone Chapter board member.

Twenty-six contestants representing nine regional landfills participated in one or more of the eight events: compactor, dozer, loader, haul truck, backhoe, rear loader, roll-off and transfer trailer.

Jerry Dotts, who represented Modern Landfill, York, Pa., was named grand champion of Keystone's equipment events, and Matt Snyder, who represented Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority, Lancaster, Pa., was named grand champion of Keystone's trucking events.

The first-place finishers from each category, except the haul truck and backhoe categories, represented the Keystone chapter at SWANA's national competition held July 23-25, 1998 in Greensboro, N.C.

At the national competition, Dotts placed second in the dozer event. In the articulated rubber tire loader event, Lee Linberg of Clinton County Solid Waste Authority placed first, and Roger Irvine of Modern Landfill placed second. And, in the national compactor event, Cliff Johnson of Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority placed second.

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