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Pile of Scrap Podcast

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

Ep. 18.5: Controlling the Message with John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/6/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 18.5: Controlling the Message - John Sacco

Are you sick and tired of the countless regulations being put on your yard that are implemented by elected officials who know nothing about the industry? John Sacco is, which is why he’s decided to tell us what we need to do to get our voices heard so that we can properly inform the public and control the message about what it is we do.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 18: The REB Strategy with Emory Olds & Randy Hanson

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 2/26/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 18: The REB Strategy with Emory Olds & Randy Hanson

Sierra’s Recycle Everything Balers (REBs) are known for getting the job done both quickly and efficiently. However, achieving such high standards wouldn’t be possible without the help of a combined 60 years of experience in the business. John Sacco packs up and heads to Jesup, Georgia, home to Sierra’s manufacturing plant, to meet with General Manager Emory Olds and Head Technician of Sierra’s Two-Ram Balers Randy Hanson. Here, these guys talk specifics on the design and engineering of the World’s leading line of two-ram balers.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 17: ISRI’s Role in Recycling with Robin Wiener

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 2/12/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 17: ISRI’s Role in Recycling with Robin Wiener

Pile of Scrap host and former Chairman of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) John Sacco travels to Washington, D.C. to sit down with old colleague and ISRI President Robin Wiener to gain some insight into the industry and inform listeners of the positive influences that ISRI has had across the board. ISRI has made monumental impacts for its members and the industry as a whole in terms of saving the environment and bettering the economy which, according to Robin, is sure to continue in the many years to come.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling