Hefty® EnergyBag™ Omaha Area Program
The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program is currently underway in the Omaha area, where previously non-recycled plastics are being collected and converted into energy to produce cement. With support from local mayors, the program demonstrates the feasibility of collecting non-recycled plastics, sorting them at local materials recycling facilities and effectively converting them into energy resources at energy conversion facilities – all via an existing waste management infrastructure.
The program launched in Omaha in September 2016 as a permanent recycling option for 6,000 local households (who are Recyclebank members). It has already expanded across the Omaha metro area to 2,500 more households, and we are working towards implementing the program in other regions.
As of July 2017, the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program has collected more than 14,000 bags in Omaha area and diverted 7.5 tons of plastics, the equivalent of approximately 6.3 million snack-sized potato chip bags, from the landfill.
Omaha Area Drop-Off Locations
If you live in the Omaha area but don’t currently have curbside recycling service available, you can still participate in the Omaha program by taking full Hefty® EnergyBag™ orange bags to the drop off locations listed here.
How to Buy Hefty® EnergyBag™ Orange Bags
If you live in the Omaha area and would like to participate in the program, click the button below to purchase Hefty® EnergyBag™ bright orange bags.
2017 Earth Day Omaha Sponsorship
Earth Day Omaha is the region’s premiere environmental event, featuring educational activities, green information and entertainment for all ages. Over 8,000 attendees attend the annual celebration, which has over 100 environment and sustainability exhibitors.
The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program was the Sustainable Sponsor and a presenter at the Earth Day Omaha celebration on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Elmwood Park in Omaha.
On behalf of the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program , Mayor Jean Stothert of Omaha, Mayor Rita Sanders of Bellevue, Mayor Donald A. Groesser of Ralston, City Councilman Tom Mumgaard of Papillion and City Councilman Kelly Sell of La Vista each spoke on the main stage to show their support for the program.