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Pile of Scrap
13 minutes | May 18, 2022
Ep. 61: Acquiring Success with SA Recycling's Adams Brothers
The Adams brothers of SA Recycling joined the podcast to talk about what makes their company tick. With a whopping 125 yards across the nation, it’s no surprise these guys know their way around the metal recycling business. As CEO of SA, George Adams is one of the most known faces in the recycling industry today, and his love for expansion has been a significant factor in what keeps the company growing. As Director, Terry Adams, on the other hand, handles much of the legal and environmental responsibilities that keep SA safe and prosperous. While these specific duties help SA flourish, the brothers agree that leadership, positive contribution, and staying proactive are what can overall keep a company in business.
35 minutes | May 9, 2022
Ep. 60: Predictions for Recyclers with Jason Schenker
Much has transpired since the last time we sat down with our favorite economist, Jason Schenker. Jason gives us an update on how the world affairs, such as the Russia/Ukraine war and the COVID-19 shut down in China, specifically affect the recycling and metal industries. With price shift and supply as a primary concern, in addition to inflation hitting labor, operational, and equipment costs, Jason tells us what he sees coming in months to come. However, in the grand scheme of things, according to the Federal Reserve Board, the US economy is still predicted to grow strong with the service consumption, fixed investments, and the employment-population ratio at incredibly high rates.
13 minutes | May 4, 2022
Ep. 59: Small Beginnings, Big Results with Von Fahrenbruch
At ISRI’s 2022 National Convention, John sits down with Von Fahrenbruch, owner of F&F Iron & Metals in Norton, Kansas. Having known each other for over 20 years through trade shows, John admits Von is the prime example of how to treat people and how to operate a facility. With Kansas as a major producer of agriculture and oil, Von tells us that processing metals from feedlots and farms and the oil and gas industries have considerably impacted his company’s growth. However, although that has influenced business, Von says that desire and hard work are the main factors in making a company great.
12 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Ep. 58: Return of the Two Buds
Stan Silva II and his son Stan Silva III (Little Bud) return to the podcast for a second time at the ISRI 2022 National Convention to talk to us about operations at the A&S Metals facility. Although he says it’s not as fun as driving a truck, Little Bud has acquired more presence in the yard and taken over some day-to-day duties. With that said, Stan says he’s almost ready to hand over the family business officially. The two discuss how growing up in the industry, taking care of equipment, and keeping good relationships with employees have significantly impacted their growth as a company.
21 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Ep. 57: Generations of Success with the Krentzman Brothers
As their father slowly begins to let his sons take over the company, David and Michael Krentzman say they're more than ready to step up to the plate and follow the six generations of Krentzmans before them. The brothers join the podcast to discuss what it's like operating in rural Pennsylvania, the separation of duties they each have, and how they're continuously working to build core strength for their company to "get better every day."
18 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Ep. 56: Just Making it Work with the Cohen Brothers
Although growing up in the industry and becoming a multi-generational yard owner is impressive, starting as a first-generation recycling facility deserves a whole new level of appreciation. Brothers John and Nicholas Cohen, owners of NJC Scrap Metal Recycling in Hempstead and Bay Shore, NY, join Pile of Scrap at the 2022 ISRI National Convention to discuss where they see themselves in five years, what it’s been like to work with family, and how important it is to hold the value in doing “old school” business.
15 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Ep. 55: JASON Project Winners
To recognize the importance that the next generation has on the state of our environment in the years to come, ISRI partners with Jason Learning and invites K-12 students across the nation to participate in The JASON Project to create a video and poster promoting the recycling industry. This year at the 2022 ISRI National Convention, Josephine Tarazzi, Mark Monteleone, Ani Nishanian, and Namira Meghla, the winners of The JASON Project, join Pile of Scrap to discuss the creation of their projects and what their futures look like in the years to come.
20 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Ep. 54: No Borders in Recycling with Tom Bird
During a busy Day 3 of the 2022 ISRI National Convention, President of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Tom Bird sits down with John Sacco to share insight on recycling from a global perspective. Tom shares how policymakers in the UK have been working against recyclers much like they have in the US, how the Russia/Ukraine conflict has created division and disrupted material trading, and how the BIR is continuing to make sure needs are met for members despite these challenging times we’re experiencing in the industry.
24 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Ep. 53 Managing the Chaos with Gary Champlin
The recycling industry fights many battles day-in and day-out, but ISRI Chairman Gary Champlin says that the COVID-19 pandemic was more of a war than a battle for recyclers everywhere. Having been elected at the peak of shutdown and experiencing two years of sole virtual communication, Gary couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come at the in-person 2022 ISRI National Convention. Champlin joins the podcast to tell us all about his role in managing the chaos at the start of the pandemic and how ISRI has had major impact in representing the passionate people in this industry.
39 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Ep. 52: Back and Better Than Ever with Robin Wiener
Back and better than ever, the 2022 National ISRI Convention is, once again, a face-to-face event in Las Vegas, Nevada! As we all prepare for the biggest show in the recycling industry, ISRI President Robin Wiener discusses the victories ISRI has had over the past two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began and doubles down on what needs to change going forward. Although the organization is doing all it can to represent “responsible recycling,” initiate a change in verbiage to create a better narrative and provide resources to members to create a more sustainable and resilient planet, Robin says that ISRI can’t do it alone without the help of membership.
52 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 51: Buckling Down for 2022 with Jason Schenker
With how fast the economy changes, we’ve invited Jason Schenker, one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world, back again for his third time on the podcast. Being so close-knit with the recycling industry, Jason gives us the full rundown on the labor market, what’s going on in the metal commodity sector, and issues such as shortages in manufacturing equipment. Jason also discusses some major talking points, such as the global debt and the Russian-Ukraine crisis and how these issues can slow growth for recyclers in 2022.
20 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Ep. 50: Make Some Noise
Looking back at 2021, John Sacco does a solo podcast to address today's most significant issues facing the recycling industry. With the government as our biggest competitor trying to label our commodities as waste and recyclers not making enough noise about it, we've begun to lose our voice. As John says, 2022 is the year we start standing up and advocating more for this industry, doing more for our communities, and educating the public on how the recycling industry operates. New year, new us.
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
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.
18 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
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 of 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.
19 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
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.
18 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
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.
12 minutes | May 26, 2021
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.”
67 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Ep. 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.
45 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
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.
38 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
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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