The Hefty® EnergyBag® program is currently underway in the Omaha area, where hard-to-recycle plastics are being collected and converted into valuable resources. 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 valuable energy resources – all via an existing waste management infrastructure.
The curbside program launched in Omaha in September 2016 for 6,000 local households (Recyclebank members) and has expanded across the Omaha area (189,000 households) to Bellevue (15,600 households), Louisville (550 households), Ralston (3,400 households – included within the Omaha City program), Papillion (7,500 households) and La Vista (7,100 households). Retail programs are also available in each community.
As of December 2017, the Hefty® EnergyBag® program has collected more than 21,200 bags in the Omaha area and diverted 12 tons of plastic, the equivalent of approximately 9.3 million snack-sized chip bags, from landfills.
How to Buy Hefty® EnergyBag® Orange Bags for the Omaha Area Program
If you live in the Omaha area and would like to participate in the program, you can purchase Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags locally at these participating retail locations:
- Family Fare Supermarkets
Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags for the Omaha area are also available to purchase online:
Omaha Area Drop-Off Locations
If you live in the Omaha area but do not currently have curbside recycling service, you can still participate in the Omaha program by taking full Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags to the drop off locations listed here.
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The Hefty® EnergyBag® Program for Commercial Enterprises:
Businesses in the Omaha area can now take part in the Hefty® EnergyBag® program. This program is a groundbreaking initiative that collects hard-to-recycle plastics alongside existing recycling services and converts them into valuable resources. From use in break rooms and conference rooms to warehouse and production applications, the Hefty® EnergyBag® program can help your business reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by your business going to the landfill. As long as your recycling is processed by Firstar Fiber, you can purchase the commercial sized Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags in both 30-gallon and 55-gallon sizes directly from Firstar.
"The Hefty® EnergyBag® program has significantly reduced the amount of animal food packaging trash we produce and has given us a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of plastic enrichment items, which are items provided in the animal exhibits to provide mental stimulation. We also use the program to reduce our waste our office and break room activities and many other areas behind-the-scenes.”
– Trent Shrader, Lincoln Zoo, Nebraska