Longtime Trashman Completes Career

Courtesy photo Friends gathered on Randy Denton’s last day at work. Left to right: Felix Martinez Waste Management business agent, Randy Denton, and Local 70 Teamsters Union officers: Marty Frates, secretary-treasurer and Jim Freid, vice president.

Lifelong Alameda resident Randy Denton retired from Waste Management after working for 38 years. Denton started his career in 1977 with Alameda Disposal as a trash collector, in the days when the men would pack a barrel on their shoulders as they entered backyards in the city to pick up residents’ garbage. 

Denton’s father, Emil Radloff, inspired him. Radloff was a truck driver and very involved in the Teamsters Union. Denton remembers when young children would look forward to him pulling up in his truck and neighbors would greet him with holiday treats. 

Oakland Scavenger bought Alameda Disposal, then Waste Management stepped in and curbside pickup began. In 1995 Denton accepted a position as a roll-off driver in which he would switch out large dumpster and compactors.

Along with a wonderful 38-year career as a garbage man, Randy had been a 40-year member of Local 70 Teamster union. 

Denton rode his bicycle to and from work for 20 years in the rain, wind, heat. His day started at 3 a.m. and he pedaled some 10 miles each day to and from work. 

Denton’s wife, Maryann, said that he looks forward to creating new routines in his garage, which is a machine shop, fabricating and welding new projects. He is also looking forward to doing some dirt biking and bicycling, but most of all, traveling.