Nextlife Recycling Alliance Adds Industry Leader Sweed Machinery as a Core Member

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Organization now includes worldÂ?s largest scrap chopper, stretch film and retail 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 Sweed Machinery, Inc. of Gold Hill, Oregon, the world’s largest manufacturer of scrap choppers has joined the NextLife alliance. Sweed joins two other “world’s largest” alliance members, Vanguard Plastics of Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest manufacturer of retail and grocery bags, and Sigma Stretch Film Corp. of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, the world’s largest manufacturer of stretch film. The alliance now boasts three world industry leaders as Charter and Contributing Members. The alliance, called NextLife™, is designed to promote the recycling of multiple waste streams including stretch film, grocery bags, plastic strapping, cardboard, metals, textiles and electronics each year, which may have otherwise filled our landfills.

The NextLife™ program is unique because it provides the end users of recyclable material with a convenient, consistent and cost-effective channel for recycling. Even more importantly, NextLife™ provides end users of recyclable material with a single recycling partner for virtually all types of recyclable material. The need to constantly seek new buyers for different materials and deal with seasonal or inconsistent buyers is eliminated.

Under the agreement, Sweed 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.

Curt Spivey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sweed Machinery, understands the impact that NextLife™ will make on the way companies look at recycling altogether. “We get calls every day from customers who do not have an outlet for chopped strapping. A single recycling program that can consolidate and coordinate the collection of multiple waste streams on a national basis is invaluable and until now, unavailable. NextLife™ will allow companies to rethink their recycling strategies with a new sense of participation, accomplishment and profitability. We know the value NextLife™ brings to our customers, our company and our industry. We are honored and enthusiastic to be a part of this major initiative.”

Daniel Schrager, President of Sun Valley Worldwide, recognizes the impact of Sweed’s participation in the NextLife™ alliance. “With Sweed participating and promoting the NextLife™ recycling program, our alliance gains access to virtually every distribution center in North America. The immediate exposure will create awareness, and coupled with the unique and valuable service of NextLife™, will allow us to make an impact much faster.”

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

For media inquiries, contact:

Sun Valley Worldwide, Inc.    

Jeff Silver, V.P., Business Development

561-330-8520 x216

Sweed Machinery, Inc.

Curt Spivey, Vice President, Sales & Mktg.


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