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Pile of Scrap Podcast

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. 35: Walk the Yard - Scrap is Not Waste

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 9/2/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 35: Walk the Yard - Scrap is Not Waste

Walking through Sierra’s scrapyard, John Sacco realizes he has a few things he needs to get off his chest. Although touching on topics all across the board, he doubles down how exactly government legislators are silencing those in the recycling industry when it comes to how recycled commodities should be labeled. John says enough is enough! It’s time to speak up and get our message out there: Scrap is not waste.


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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 34: Mr. Foontastic!

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 8/21/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 34: Mr. Foontastic!

Surprise! John Sacco packs his bags and heads to Sterling Heights, Michigan to pay his good friend, Mikey Foon, an unexpected visit. As the fourth-generation owner of Admiral Metals, things are a bit different for Mikey than when his great-grandfather owned the place during the horse-and-buggy days. Through mastering social media, putting plans in place for a second location, and learning to cope with the toll COVID-19 has taken, Mikey still expresses his excitement for this business every day.


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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 33: Dave Wolf of JWR - The Jack of All Trades

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 7/30/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 33: Dave Wolf of JWR - The Jack of All Trades 

Initially establishing itself as a small welding and repair shop in 1972, JWR has evolved into a national waste and recycling equipment company offering additional services over the years, such as sandblasting, painting, truck and hoist repair, and container repair. Traveling to Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, John Sacco joins Dave Wolf, Owner of JWR, to talk about the lack of recycling in rural America, how COVID-19 has affected business, and present safety concerns.


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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 32: Reuse & Recycle with Bulrushed Books

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 7/15/20 9:50 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 32: Reuse & Recycle with Bulrushed Books

Back in Moscow, Idaho, John visits the Beauchamp’s to hear how a Pile of Scrap episode influenced their company, Bulrushed Books. For a business that began its start in repairing old, abused books, Mark and Kristen Beauchamp have since made quite the impact within the recycling industry… All thanks to the insight of Pile of Scrap guest Leonard Zeid, President of Paper Stock Industries. Figuring that books are incredibly tricky to recycle due to their binding, Mark and Kristen developed the idea to debind their books to help maintain a clean recycling stream, which ultimately assisted their company’s growing success.


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Topics: Recycling

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