Nextlife Recycling Adds Advance Polybag as its Newest Alliance Member

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Plastic Film Recycling Organization Quickly Attracts Major Industry Participants To Address Environmental And Legislative Concerns

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 Advance Polybag of Metairie, Louisiana, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic bags, has joined the recycling alliance. Advance Polybag joins the ranks of Vanguard Plastics, Sigma Stretch Film and Sweed Machinery recognizing NextLife as the best strategic alternative to align itself with in addressing the environmental impact of the plastic film & bag industries. 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.

Industry insiders estimate that less than 5% of grocery bags and stretch film are recovered and recycled today. The NextLife™ program provides the end users of recyclable materials with a convenient method of recycling, and these waste generators such as grocers and distribution centers are compensated for their recyclables at market competitive prices and can often significantly reduce their disposal costs. Under the agreement, Alliance partners market and promote the program to its sales force, distributors and customers throughout North America, while Sun Valley purchases the materials and recycle them into new “recycle grade” resins to produce recycled products.

Vic Platta, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Advance Polybag, emphasizes the importance of the NextLife™ initiative. “The plastic shopping bag industry needs a real solution to a serious problem. The fact that API and Vanguard recognize the value in working together to produce real industry solutions to plastic bag recycling demonstrates both of our companies’ commitment to this environmental issue. We enthusiastically embrace NextLife™ as we believe the Alliance is uniquely capable of eliminating many of the barriers that have existed with traditional recycling programs. These barriers, including limited markets for recycled material, volatility in prices and tremendous scale or volume requirements, have prevented broad recycling acceptance and participation. NextLife™ is revolutionary, will redefine the scope of recycling, and will make a significant positive environmental impact.”

Daniel Schrager, President of Sun Valley Worldwide, discusses the impact of API’s addition to the NextLife™ alliance. “With two industry leaders in the plastic bag industry, we are a stronger alliance in addressing industry-specific challenges. The combined outreach and strength of these two leaders will give NextLife™ access to virtually every major retailer in the United States. We will present a better recycling alternative to the traditional markets of composite lumber and exporters. We also expect that because of the simple, cost-effective means of recycling that NextLife™ offers, we will broaden the scope of companies eligible to recycle and significantly increase the volume of recyclable materials from those companies with recycling programs in place today.”

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

For media inquiries, contact:

For NextLife Recycling Alliance

Jeff Silver, V.P., Business Development

561-330-8520 x216

[email protected]

For Advance Polybag, Inc.

Victor A. Platta, V.P. Sales and Marketing


[email protected]

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