August 2013 Newsletter Print

    Upcoming Tour

    Join your SWANA friends for an informative and interesting tour of the Douglas County Landfill and LFGTE project on Thursday September 12, 2013. The tours will last from noon until 2:00 p.m. Douglas County Landfill is located off of I-5 exit 121, just south of Roseburg.

     The Douglas County Landfill, owned and operated by Douglas County, is located approximately 2 miles southwest of Roseburg, Oregon. The landfill receives approximately 75,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually collected at the County’s 11 transfer stations and delivered to the site by commercial haulers. The landfill has been in operation since the 1930’s and has a permitted footprint of roughly 50 acres. When the landfill closes, projected to occur around 2024, it will contain an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards.

     Roseburg Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Stellar J, is the owner of this 1.6 MW power production facility. This project includes collecting the gas generated by the Douglas County Landfill, burning it in a 1.6 MW Caterpillar Generator, and selling the generated power to PacifiCorp. This project included complete design and construction, an extensive interconnect agreement with PacifiCorp, and improvements to over 3 miles of transmission lines and two substations. Stellar J took on the responsibilities of Design Oversight, Construction Management, and General Contractor. Energyneering Solutions Inc. provided the design services and quality control; and is providing ongoing operation and maintenance of the project.

     Depending on the number of registered folks wanting to carpool from Eugene, several vans will be available at Peterson Cat, 2300 Henderson Ave, Eugene (off exit 191 on I-5).  As the folks arrive, they may park at the south parking lot as there are several parking spaces there and they may use any which one they choose.

     Here’s the schedule:

    • 9:30 a.m.                                 Depart from Eugene
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.          Lunch on your own at Charley’s BBQ (
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                    Tour landfill
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                      Tour LFGTE project
    • 2:00 p.m.                                 Depart for Eugene


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    National Events

    • September 15-19, 2013
      WASTECON 2013
    • October      4-6, 2013
    • The      2013 International Road-E-O
    • hosted      by the Texas Chapter in Denton, Texas.
    • October      21-23, 2013
    • BioCycle      Presents The 13th Annual Conference On
           Renewable      Energy From Organics Recyling
    • Columbus,      Ohio
    • March      24-27, 2014
    • SWANA's      37th Annual Landfill Gas Symposium
    • Monterey,      California

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    Road-E-O 2013

    It was a hot day out on the asphalt June 8th when competitors gathered for a showdown at the 4th annual SWANA Road-E-O. The event began with a casual opening reception Friday night where sponsors, competitors, friends and family gathered for a chance to toast and roast each other over a couple rounds from the Northwest’s finest breweries.


    The competition kicked off Saturday morning with a hearty breakfast and some announcements from Brian May, SWANA Oregon President. Luckily he was able to keep it clean this year. After the dreaded written test, competitors and judges took to the courses while the Mechanics began their troubleshooting exercises. This year drivers, equipment operators and mechanics competed in seven different categories; the Font Loader, Side Loader, Roll Off, Transfer Truck, Mechanics, Articulated Front End Loader and Dozer


    During the course of the day there were a lot of laughs, a lot of heckling a little bit of course damage. After a long day on the course, everyone cooled down indoors and anxiously waited to hear who won, who lost and who would be headed to Texas for nationals.

    CAT Loader navigating the course


    In the Front Loader, last year’s winner Jeff Alford made way for his co-worker Joe Spencer to take home first, leaving Jeff with 2nd. And George Gray must have spent this last year honing his skills. He took 3rd in the Roll-off in 2012 but came home with 1st this year. And the prevailing champions for the Mechanics and Side Loader, Bill Woody and Paul Anderson, proved they were not to be messed with, taking home 1st place wins for the 3rd year straight. A full list of competition results can be found at:

    This year’s competition included a couple new awards. Two Lane County gentlemen tied for the “Wreck It Ralph” award and claimed their prizes; a smashed barrel and chunks of concrete that used to belong to a curb at the fairgrounds.


    Darrel Wallace showing off his


     The other new award, sponsored by Peterson CAT in memory of Barry McCoy, was tearfully presented to the top operator of the competition, Josh Kline. Barry took home 1st place in the first landfill equipment category ever for the Oregon Road-E-O. Before his passing this past February, Barry represented Oregon well and brought home the 2nd place trophy from the 2012 International Road-E-O.


    Most importantly, we thank our sponsors who made this event possible:

    2013 Road-e-o Sponsor Logo's

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    There was only one scholarship application received by the May 1st deadline, however it was not complete. Supplemental information was received three days past the deadline and was therefore disqualified from consideration. 

    The Chapter will modify the application announcement to make the submittal deadline better understood and visible.

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    Personnel Interest

    After 22 years with Republic Services, Keith Hendrix accepted a new position and is now working for Lane County. Keith began as an operator at Coffin Butte Landfill and worked his way up, spending the last 9 years there as the Landfill Supervisor. Lane County is very excited to have Keith as their new Landfill Supervisor. He brings with him a lot of enthusiasm, experience and bright ideas.

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    Chapter Elections

    This September the Oregon Chapter will hold elections of Board members and officers.  All Oregon SWANA members in good standing will receive ballots in September.

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    Board of Directors News

    Bill has been in the heavy equipment world since 1985 when he took an inside sales position with a parts and component company. He began his outside sales career in 1989, and joined the former Cat dealer in Eugene as a PSSR in 2002. After Peterson’s arrival in Oregon, Bill continued as a PSSR then became Parts Manager at the Eugene store and later a Six Sigma Black Belt. He resumed his PSSR position in 2009. 

    Prior to entering the business, Bill was a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division serving as an Airborne Infantryman, Certified Armorer and even parachuted into Germany in the early eighties following a nonstop flight from the United States. “I spent my first night in a foreign country sleeping in a ditch,” Bill said of the adventure. 

    Bill is an Oregon native who likes to spend his spare time with his family; he is also an avid hunter. He and his wife, Paula, have been married for 27 years and have two daughters. 

    Bill looks forward to serving the Beaver Chapter of SWANA and is eager to make a strong contribution to its success and helping make the ROAD-E-O better known throughout the waste community.                                                           

     Bill’s contact information is as follows:                                         

     Government Account Representative                                   

     Office: - 541-465-8426                                              

     Cell: - 541-740-1151                                                

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    Bill Dion-Watson of Peterson CAT in Eugene

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    Local Events

     January 16, 2014

    Beaver Chapter Winter Forum and Annual Meeting

    Eugene, Or

    Please send us your suggestions or desires for topics

    April 9–11, 2014

    29th Annual Northwest Regional Symposium
    Holiday Inn Downtown—hosted by the Evergreen Chapter

    Everett, WA

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