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Pile of Scrap Podcast

Ep. 28: Safety During A Pandemic

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 5/20/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 28: Safety During A Pandemic

During the novel Coronavirus pandemic, face masks and hand sanitizers have been a common procedure at essential businesses everywhere. However, over at Sierra, safety has been taken a step further when ensuring their employees are taking the necessary precautions. Felipe Guerra, Director of Safety at Sierra, joins Pile of Scrap once again to discuss the major changes they’ve made to ‘flatten the curve.’ Between daily morning temperature checks, air sanitizers in every office, and even changing all the door handles, it’s clear that Sierra’s safety team is unsurpassed.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 27: The Next Generation – Young Executives

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 5/6/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 27:  The Next Generation – Young Executives

As the next generation of recyclers are getting geared up to take over the reins of the industry, they can’t help but give credit to the generations before them that have paved the way for their success. Chad Olgin from Olgin Efune Recycling, Sean Daoud from PNW Recycling, and Jacqueline Lotzkar from Pacific Metals Recycling, meet with John Sacco to talk about the improvements they see for ISRI, their aspirations in becoming ISRI’s next batch of officers, and the long-lasting friendships they’re making along the way.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 26: An Unpredicted 2020 with Giovanna Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 4/24/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 26: An Unpredicted 2020 with Giovanna Sacco

With classes transitioning to online, trips being cancelled, and working from home becoming the new norm, it’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in the most unexpected way. John Sacco’s daughter, Giovanna, joins Pile of Scrap to discuss how her life was changed once she first heard of the European travel ban while in the U.K. for a semester abroad. Between having been a possible victim of the virus to being in complete isolation for 14 days, Giovanna gives you a firsthand look of her COVID-19 experience.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 25: Safely or Not at All with Sierra’s Felipe Guerra

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 4/22/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 25: Safely or Not at All with Sierra’s Felipe Guerra

Ranked as the 5th deadliest industry, the recycling industry requires pertinent safety knowledge to keep in mind when on the job. John Sacco speaks with Felipe Guerra, Director of Safety at Sierra, to set the record straight on Sierra’s notorious safety program, the strict truck driver training, and how to create an easy inspection in order to get past those pesky auditors and agencies.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 24: Greg Brown of BENLEE

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 4/8/20 5:00 AM

Ep. 24: Greg Brown of BENLEE

In addition to being CEO of BENLEE, the #1 roll off trailer manufacturer in North America, some may also consider Greg Brown a celebrity for his weekly reports in economics, scrap metal, and recycling. Greg sits down with John Sacco to tell us his perspective on the affects the novel Coronavirus has had on China, the struggle in finding a workforce, and even the time his life was saved by a gun jam during a robbery.

*This episode was recorded on February 29, 2020.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 23: ISRI’s Message to D.C.: Recycling Is Essential!

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/27/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 23: ISRI’s Message to D.C.: Recycling Is Essential!

After making the tough decision to cancel ISRI’s annual convention due to COVID-19, ISRI President Robin Wiener and Chairman Brian Shine join John Sacco to discuss what members need to know going forward in this crisis. Taking into account how essential recycling is for infrastructure and critical manufacturing, these two leaders explain how diligently they’ve worked in pressuring the federal government to keep our industry in motion.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 22: Scrap Recycling vs. COVID-19

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/20/20 8:31 AM

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

As we get more and more emerged into the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many questions being asked within the scrap industry. John Sacco invites medical professional Dr. Vip Dev and the biggest names in scrap such as Brett Ekart from United Metals Recycling, Sean Daoud from PNW Metal Recycling, Matt Kripke from Kripke Enterprises, Andrew Lincoln from Lincoln Recycling, and Nathan Frankel from Advanced Steel Recovery to give us the inside scoop on the availability of virus testing and how the scrap industry remains in operation through the slowing of production and business closures.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/16/20 3:01 PM

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

Basic necessities have been wiped from the shelves since the outbreak of the Coronavirus has stirred up panic in our communities. Toilet paper, water, and even certain meats – gone. John Sacco sits down with us to discuss the absurdity the World has been going through the past few days and how improving communication between production companies and consumers can positively affect these circumstances.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 20: Panic from Coronavirus Part 1 - John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/16/20 12:55 PM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 20: Panic from Coronavirus Part 1 - John Sacco

With the ISRI convention being officially cancelled and having a daughter overseas spending the semester abroad after an announcement of a European travel ban, John Sacco is starting to feel the panic of the Coronavirus. Having uncertainty about what this virus means for our economy and others in the industry, John advises us to remain calm.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 19: ISRI Convention Mastermind – Chuck Carr

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/11/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 19: ISRI Convention Mastermind – Chuck Carr

If there’s one thing the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is known for, it’s their conventions. Chuck Carr, mastermind behind the industry’s biggest event of the year, talks with John Sacco about the significant benefits ISRI’s conventions can bring to your business. Although networking is number one on that list, the keynote speakers and the educational programs make it a guarantee that this event won’t disappoint.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste