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Pile of Scrap Podcast

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Ep. 49: Adjust Your Understanding of Sustainability with Cheryl Coleman

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 9/15/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 49: Adjust Your Understanding of Sustainability with Cheryl Coleman

The word “sustainability” has been a buzzword in the recycling industry lately. With many different interpretations of what the term means, Cheryl Coleman, ISRI’s Vice President of Sustainability, joins John Sacco on the podcast to clarify some confusion. The two discuss the importance of recycling profitably, how the packaging industry is a critical factor in furthering that push, and how ISRI has created a plan with brands to implement some protocols to execute it. As we sit down with Cheryl, we get some overall insight into what’s in store for this industry to keep sustainability intact.

 

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Ep. 48: The Walk & Talk with David Borsuk - Our Role in the Supply Chain

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 8/25/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 48: The Walk & Talk with David Borsuk - Our Role in the Supply Chain

John Sacco goes for a walk with a good friend and ISRI’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Borsuk. These two discuss topics across the board, including the negative connotation with the word “scrap,” environmental justice, the responsibility this industry has to our communities, and how legislators don’t understand a recycler’s role in the supply chain. Even while retired, David’s continued involvement in ISRI is due to how vital this industry is to him and the environment as a whole.

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Topics: Insider

Ep. 47: The Walk & Talk with Neil Byce - ISRI’s Hidden Victories

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 8/11/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 47: The Walk & Talk with Neil Byce - ISRI’s Hidden Victories

As the Co-Chair of ISRI’s Membership Committee and the Chair of the Investment Subcommittee, it’s clear that Neil Byce has a passion for this trade association. John and Neil meet up for a walk-and-talk episode in Washington, DC, to discuss how ISRI has supported their companies to grow into their success by providing education, networking, and advocacy. The two also touch on how recyclers' motivation and endless opportunities benefit from being a for-profit industry.

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Ep. 46: The Walk & Talk with Andrew Lincoln - ISRI’s Environmental Justice Initiative

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 7/28/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 46: The Walk & Talk with Andrew Lincoln - ISRI’s Environmental Justice Initiative

John is boots-on-the-ground in Washington, DC for ISRI’s Summer Board and Committee Meetings! John meets up with Andrew Lincoln, Vice President of Lincoln Recycling and member of ISRI’s Executive Committee, for a walk-and-talk episode. They discuss how ISRI is proactive in growing this industry and the importance of maintaining relationships with lobbyists and government officials, educating and promoting the recycling industry, and keeping the term “environmental justice” at the forefront of our minds.


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Topics: Insider

Ep. 45: Honoring the Sacrifice - Portrait of a Warrior Gallery

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 5/26/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 45: Honoring the Sacrifice - Portrait of a Warrior Gallery

As we commemorate Memorial Day, we acknowledge the brutal reality that each American service member faces. Jason Geis, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery - Kern County and a veteran himself, gives John Sacco a heart-wrenching and surreal tour of the gallery to celebrate the twenty-seven men from Kern County who sacrificed their lives in combat post 9/11. By working directly with the men's Gold Star Families, the gallery keeps their memories alive through art and education. It holds their motto true when they say, “Always Remembered, Never Forgotten.”

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Topics: Insider

Ep. 44: The Recycling Solution with Balcones Resources

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 5/18/21 11:19 AM

Pile of ScrapEp. 44: The Recycling Solution with Balcones Resources

Experts in recovering resources through recycling since 1994, Balcones Resources leads the charge for a cleaner recycling stream in Austin, Dallas, and Little Rock, Texas. CEO Kerry Getter and Vice President of Strategy, Richie Getter, discuss the multitude of changes needed to create a greener environment, including educating the public, increasing curbside programs, and adequately recycling small-format packaging. As Richie says, there’s a long way to go in North America, but getting a grasp on these significant issues is a tremendous start.


 

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 43: Let’s Talk Recycling with NFL Quarterback Mark Sanchez

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/17/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 43: Let’s Talk Recycling with NFL Quarterback Mark Sanchez

Recycling doesn’t stop at the recycling bin. As recyclers, we know that, but do consumers? After touring Sierra Recycling & Demolition, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN Analyst Mark Sanchez got valuable insight into the recycling industry, the common misconceptions, and steps consumers must take to recycle correctly. Sanchez then discusses the life-altering moments crucial to gaining the confidence he needed to become the sports icon he is today.

 

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 42: Packaging the Right Way with Atlantic Packaging

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/3/21 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 42: Packaging the Right Way with Atlantic Packaging

As someone who’s spent his entire youth and most of his adult life as an avid surfer, President of Atlantic Packaging Wes Carter has seen the damages that plastic pollution has had on our oceans firsthand. When approached about what the packaging industry is doing about it, a lightbulb finally went off. Since then, Wes is leading the charge in advocating for better ways to clean up landfills and save our oceans’ wildlife, all of which includes getting consumers and packaging manufacturers to join the conversation, get the Elon Musks and the Bill Gates of the world to believe in this initiative, and altogether address the misconceptions of plastic recycling.

 

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 41: Sierra's Young Guns

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 2/4/21 9:29 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 41: Sierra's Young Guns

The service technicians over at Sierra bring a new light to the term, “Young Guns” as they sit with John Sacco to talk all about how this industry has transformed them from “boys to men” seeing as their maturity levels have grown over the years. Ricardo Diaz, Angel Mariscal, and Arturo Madrigal (Jr.) together discuss the common mistakes all the way to the impressive attributes they see at their customers’ yards, the importance of having smart, young and talented individuals in the industry, and their experiences on the job.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 40: Gearing Up for 2021

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 1/7/21 5:00 AM

Pile of ScrapEp. 40: Gearing Up for 2021

Coming as a sigh of relief to many, 2020 is finally over, and it’s time to start gearing up for the year ahead. Looking back on all the experiences we’ve had and memories we’ve made on Pile of Scrap, we can say that we’ve learned a few things that we can carry with us into 2021. To kickstart new beginnings, John goes over the importance of this industry, getting our voices heard and, overall, how critical it is to stay positive moving forward through the year.

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Topics: Scrap Recycling