The Hefty®EnergyBag™ Program is a groundbreaking initiative that collects previously non-recycled plastics – like the candy wrappers and juice pouches you’ve always thrown away – at curbside and converts them into valuable energy resources.
The Hefty®EnergyBag™ Program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of landfill trash.
The program is currently underway in the Omaha area, where previously non-recycled plastics are being converted into energy to produce cement. With support from local mayors, the program demonstrates the feasibility of collecting non-recycled plastics, sorting them at a local materials recycling facilities and effectively converting them into energy resources at energy conversion facilities – all via existing waste management infrastructure.
Since the launch of the Hefty® EnergyBag™ Omaha program 11 months ago, over 17,000 bags have been collected from the participating 8,500 homes. That's a total of 8.9 tons of non-recycled plastics that have been diverted from landfills - equivalent to approximately 7.2 million snack-sized chip bags!
How it Works
Together, we can turn plastics that typically aren’t accepted by recycling services and turn them into alternative energies. Here’s how: