Nextlife Recycling Alliance Adds Industry Leader Vanguard Plastics as a Charter Member

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Organization now includes worldÂ?s largest stretch film and worldÂ?s largest bag manufacturers.

Sun Valley Worldwide, a premier global recycling and environmental services company, and the founding member of NextLife™, a recycling cooperative of industry leaders, announced that it has confirmed that Vanguard Plastics of Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic bags, has agreed to join the recycling alliance. Last month Sun Valley and Sigma Stretch Film Corp. of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, the largest U.S. and Canadian producer of industrial stretch film, formed the NextLife™ recycling alliance. The alliance now boasts the two world industry leaders as Charter Members. The alliance, called NextLife™, is designed to recycle, versus dispose of, used stretch film, grocery bags and other recyclable materials from the marketplace. This program aims to recover millions of pounds of stretch film and plastic bags each year, which may have otherwise filled our landfills.

Virtually all plastic products produced must either be recycled or disposed of. The NextLife™ program provides the end users of recyclable materials with a convenient method of recycling, and are even compensated for their waste at market competitive prices. Under the agreement, Sigma Stretch Film and Vanguard Plastics will market and promote the program to its sales force, distributors and customers throughout North America, while Sun Valley will purchase the materials and recycle them into new “recycle grade” resins to produce recycled products.

Larry Johnson, Managing Partner of Vanguard Plastics, emphasizes the importance of the NextLife™ initiative. “As an industry, we need more diligence in our efforts to recycle a significant portion of the estimated 200 billion bags produced each year. With increased pressure for industry leaders to develop a recycling solution to this challenge, I welcome the resourcefulness and unique approach that NextLife™ offers. Our participation in NextLife™ will be immediate, dedicated and optimistic that NextLife™ will make a significant difference.”

Daniel Schrager, President of Sun Valley Worldwide, discusses the impact of Vanguard Plastic’s participation in the NextLife™ alliance. “With the two world industry leaders in the stretch film and grocery bag industries, we now have access to and provide tens of thousands of their customers with a simple, cost-effective means of recycling their film waste and potentially diverting hundreds of millions of pounds from our landfills.”

Robert Nocek, President and COO of Sigma Stretch Film Corp., welcomes Vanguard Plastics. “We welcome Vanguard into the NextLife™ alliance. As industry leaders, Vanguard and Sigma Stretch Film take responsible, yet progressive steps to positively impact our respective industries.”

For information regarding the program, visit or call 1-877-NXTLIFE.

For media inquiries, contact:

For Sun Valley Worldwide, Inc.

Jeff Silver, V.P., Business Development

561-330-8520 x216

For Sigma Stretch Film Corp.

Robert S. Nocek , Pres. & COO


For Vanguard Plastics, Inc.

Larry Johnson, Managing Partner


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