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Hefty® Energy Bag Program

Hefty Energy Bag Program

The Hefty® Energy Bag 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® Energy Bag 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.

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:

1. Fill your Hefty® Energy Bag with plastics that are not currently accepted for recycling. You can view a full list of approved plastics below. Plastics must be clean and free of food residue.
2. When full, securely tie the Hefty Energy Bag.
3. Place the bag in your recycling cart for scheduled curbside recycling pickup.

 Bag It List


Capture the Value of Plastic

If you live in the Omaha area and would like to participate in the program, click the button below to purchase Hefty® Energy Bags.


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


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