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Pile of Scrap Podcast

Sierra International Machinery

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Ep. 31: Design for Recycling with Jeremy Spencer

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 7/2/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 31: Design for Recycling with Jeremy Spencer

John Sacco is thrilled to finally log off of Zoom, let loose, and give you the full Pile of Scrap experience after the COVID-19 nationwide shutdown. John travels to Moscow, Idaho, to sit down face-to-face with Jeremy Spencer, West Coast Representative of Atlantic Packaging, to cover everything from how packaging can increase sustainability to how consumers can participate in recycling without negatively affecting the quality and content of their products.


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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 30: The Man Behind the Sierra Legacy

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 6/18/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 30: The Man Behind the Sierra Legacy

Sierra founder, Ben Sacco, had a vision for his company: to improve the recycling process with better equipment and share that throughout the World. With John and Philip Sacco at the helm, they have been able fulfill this vision. However, this success wasn’t handed over on a silver platter. Between leading an organized and clean recycling facility to Ben’s philosophy to always “telling the customer the truth,” there’s no surprise that Sierra is a recognized leader in the recycling industry. John and Philip sit down to tell us all about Sierra’s roots and the man behind the legacy.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 29: Working Through A Lockdown

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 6/4/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 29: Working Through A Lockdown

After months of being cooped up in our homes day-in and day-out due to the stay-at-home orders swept across the nation, it’s easy to admit that we’ve all been itching to get our lives back to normal as quickly as possible. During this time, John Sacco gives us his take on how the COVID-19 crisis has particularly affected creativity and human interaction in the workplace as well as making a vast impact on the recycling industry in terms of rising contamination levels and declining recycling rates. Considering this, John says it’s time to open up and get this country working again.

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Topics: Recycling

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