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Hefty® Energy Bag Program

Hefty Energy Bag Program

Hefty Energy Bag is a unique program designed to convert previously non-recycled plastics into energy and it launches in September 2016 in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Plastics collected through the program will be sorted at a local recycling facility and converted into energy used in cement production. For more information, read our press release.

The program is a collaborative effort between The Dow Chemical Company, Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, ConAgra Foods, and Systech Environmental Corporation.


Hefty Energy Bag Program Overview:

  • This is a groundbreaking non-recycled plastics collection program
  • This program allows communities to collect different household plastics – the kind you’ve always just thrown away – in order to re-use them…as new energy resources.
  • In September 2016, the initial phase of The Hefty Energy Bag Program will launch in Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area.

How does the program work?

  1. Fill Hefty Energy Bags with non-recycled plastics.
  2. When full, tie it securely and place it inside your recycling bin, cart or can. 
  3. For collection with your regular recycling pick up.

After collection, Hefty Energy Bags will be sorted and turned into valuable energy resources. Watch the video below to learn more about how the program works.

Where can I buy Hefty Energy Bags?

To participate in the program, if you live in Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area, you can purchase Hefty Energy Bags at the MyBrands.com retailer site here:


What goes inside the bag?

Energy Bag - Inside Bag

Program Tracker

In the tracker below you can see the number of Hefty Energy Bags collected and how this has helped to divert pounds of waste from ending up in a landfill since the program launched in September 2016.

Hefty Energy Bag Tracker 3.13.17

For More Information:

To learn more about the Hefty Energy Bag Program, go to http://www.dow.com/en-us/packaging/sustainability/energy-recovery

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