Indoor International Road-e-o
and Touch-A-Truck at the
University of Phoenix Stadium
Ed and Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet
Ariz. –Garbage trucks and their drivers rolled into the city of Glendale
from all over the globe to participate in the International SWANA
Road-E-O. The competition took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium
on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Coined the Olympics for garbage truck drivers, this competition puts the
best of the best drivers’ skills to the test on a fierce competitive
course. It is a competition designed to measure a driver’s skill behind
the wheel as well as their knowledge of safety regulations and equipment.
The public watched this free exciting competition and also
attended the “Talking Trash” community event, sponsored by Beall
Trailers of Arizona, which tool place outside the stadium with the
following activities :
(tan shirt) and Andy (orange shirt) along
with their friend, Evan Brown (maroon shirt)
and Liz Schmitt accept pencils made from
recycled materials from Tom Tickenoff, Solid
Waste Inspector with the City of Glendale.
Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet
fact: : For example, old athletic shoes
can be recycled into a floor covering that
is cushy and does not seem to show wear,
even under pretty heavy foot traffic.
See and touch a variety of sanitation collection and disposal trucks and
check out the very first automated side-load garbage truck in Arizona (The
Son of Godzilla).
· Recycling Games and Activities: We spun the wheel of waste and
partook of fun, interactive recycling games. In addition,
there were inflatables for kids and informational booths.
· West Side Food Bank Raffle: People donated canned food or
non-perishable items and entered to win great prizes. Plus, Glendale
residents will be eligible for the extra-special prize of a commemorative
Saturday, September 4 was a day
for tucks. Family activities
included Touch-A-Truck vehicles were all cleaned up for the show working trucks were ready to be touched and
sat in. They do look bigger
the closer you get to them.
addition, there were information booths for recycling projects and information.
For example, old athletic shoes can be recycled into a floor
covering that is cushy and does not seem to show wear, even under pretty
heavy foot traffic.
LET'S PLAY... WHEEL
recyclers. Andy Bobbi (in the
navy shirt and age 2 1/2) waits his turn to
“We are excited to host this prestigious event as it attracts people
from around the country to compete in the ultimate championship among the
best sanitation operators,” said Stuart Kent, Glendale Field
Operations Director. “For years, city of Glendale employees have had
the privilege of competing in this significant competition and have come
back home with top honors.”
Not only was
this the first of this type of event for Glendale but it was
the FIRST EVER indoor 'International
It is good to know
that your are appreciated in the job you do and, Mayor Elaine
Scruggs, City of Glendale, Arizona had a special message
for the participants when she spoke
at the awards dinner following the days competitive activities,
She stated, "I
want to thank all of you who serve the public in landfill operations jobs.
Your skills must be at the highest level, you must respond to
increasingly complex environmental regulations, and you must continually
find ways to cut costs while keeping level of service up.
You are appreciated more that you usually are told."
A City of Phoenix truck
participates in the 2010 SWANA indoor competition.
A judge in the
background carefully watches
the driver's actions.
The drivers in these competitions have all ready won awards for
their abilities in their SWANA chapter Road-E-O.
In fact, to qualify for their event each driver must have placed
first or second in his or her event category at the Chapter Road-e-o.
To be driving today, means they know their stuff and are competing
with the best of the best.
a waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal company, is one of
the sponsors of the SWANA International Road-E-O.
Headquarters for Republic Services are located in Scottsdale,
No cones were harmed during this segment. Most of the
trucks used during the Road-E-O were provided by the City of Glendale. All cones seen here remained
standing waiting for the next driver
These drivers are used to parking in tight places, nevertheless, it is still
A tight fit.
This truck driver's goal
is not to touch any of the three white bars.
This truck is a roll off.
judge measures how well the
driver of the roll off did.
from far away! Two competition drivers are Lawrence Rinck and Jeremy
Bolick. Both men are from
North Carolina and drive real loaders.
TOUCH-A-TRUCK OUTSIDE GATE
2 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM
2010 Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) International Truck Road-E-O Competition
Place Name Organization Total Points Time
1st Daniel Lugo City of Phoenix, AZ 360 5.25
2nd Frank Saavedra City of Mesa, AZ 340 7.46
3rd Bradley Robertson City of Plano, TX 300 5.03
1st James Mark City of Largo, FL 315 7.15
2nd David Cable City of Mesa, AZ 310 9.47
3rd Bill Cummings City of Mesa, AZ 290 7.41
1st Jason Black Town of Gilbert, AZ 320 7.36
2nd Ruben Mori City of Phoenix, AZ 310 6.54
3rd Don Curry Waste Management, NJ 265 6.57
1st John D'Agnese City of Surprise, AZ 265 6.5
2nd Jamie Hayes City of Largo, FL 250 9.32
3rd Andres Henjes City of Largo, FL 245 10.54
1st Andrew Wihr City of Clearwater, FL 230 17.25
2nd Daniel Perkins MRF, NC 220 11.43
3rd Daniel Palomo City of Houston, TX 215 10.52
1st David Marthini City of Mesa, AZ 60 3.2
2nd Steve Carrizoza City of Glendale, AZ 60 3.29
3rd Stephen Winston B&J, KY 60 4.97
Place Name Organization Total Points Time
1st Bobby Swadley City of Phoenix, AZ 42 8.43
2nd Hershel Wright City of Glendale, AZ 34 5.5
3rd Jesse Simonsen Waste Management, Ut 34 8.22
Front End loader
1st Mark Wheeler Maryland Environmental, MD 46 5.55
2nd Charles Henson City of Phoenix, AZ 46 7.58
3rd Steve Morales Waste Management, AZ 42 5.56
1st Fabian Mitchell Waste Management, NM 40 6.45
2nd Jaime Gonzales City of Phoenix, AZ 40 7.02
3rd Gabriel Rodriquez City of Denton, TX 36 5.18
1st Greg Warburton Trans-Jordan Cities, UT 40 11.47
2nd John Collins Rumpke, OH 32 9.13
3rd Nathaniel Yazzie Salt River Landfill,AZ 30 7.21