How the EnergyBag® Program Works

Discover what exactly you can put in the orange bags and the simple steps it takes to turn hard-to-recycle plastics into something valuable.

Recover More Plastics Than Ever Before

Little things really do add up! Many everyday, hard-to-recycle plastic items are accepted in the Hefty® EnergyBag® program that are rejected from ordinary curbside recycling programs. Which of these items do you use around the house that can be collected in an orange bag instead of the trash?

Remember, items must be clean, dry, and free of any foil lining.

  • Plastic air pillow packs
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Food storage bags

*Please include plastic bags & wraps if store drop-off recycling programs are not available locally.

  • Foam cups, plates & bowls
  • Foam to-go boxes
  • Foam packing peanuts
  • Foam egg cartons
  • Foam block packaging
  • See-through chip bags
  • Snack food bags
  • Plastic pet food bags
  • Fresh/frozen vegetable & fruit bags
  • Salad bags
  • Shredded cheese packages
  • Cheese stick packages
  • See-through granola & energy bar wrappers
  • See-through candy wrappers
  • See-through stand up pouches
  • Pudding cups
  • Yogurt tubs
  • Butter/margarine tubs
  • Sour cream tubs
  • Dry mix liners (cake, powder mixes)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Cookie/cracker box liners
  • Plastic straws and stirrers
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic colored cups
  • Plastic plates and bowls
  • Rigid plastic clear glasses

The following items ARE NOT accepted in the orange bags

  • Icon - Battery
    NO batteries or electronics
  • Icon - Apple
    NO food, liquid or coffee grounds
  • Icon - Soda Can
    NO foil lining

Still have questions?

What Goes in the Bag

Aluminum Foil

Allowed in the Bag: No

Aluminum Soda Cans

Allowed in the Bag: No

Balloon

Allowed in the Bag: No

Batteries

Allowed in the Bag: No

Blister packaging

Allowed in the Bag: No

Bubble Wrap

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Only include plastic film if drop-off recycling programs not available.

Butter/Margarine Tubs

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Cables

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cables

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cake Mix Box Liners

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Candy Wrappers (With Metal Lining)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cardboard Boxes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Ceramic Cup

Allowed in the Bag: No

Ceramic Plates and Bowls

Allowed in the Bag: No

Ceramic Soap Dish

Allowed in the Bag: No

Ceramic Soap Dispenser

Allowed in the Bag: No

Ceramic Toothbrush Holder

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cereal Box Liners

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Cheese Stick Packages

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Chip bags (With See Through Plastic)

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Chip bags (With Metal Lining)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Clear Clamshell Food Container

Allowed in the Bag: No

Clear Plastic Candy Wrappers

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Clear Plastic Drinking Cups

Allowed in the Bag: No

Clothing

Allowed in the Bag: No

Coffee grinds

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cookie Box Liners

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Cotton Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Cracker Box Liners

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Disposable Face Masks

Allowed in the Bag: No

Dry cleaning bags

Allowed in the Bag: No

Easter Basket Plastic Bag/Wrap

Allowed in the Bag: No

Electircal Switches

Allowed in the Bag: No

Electrical Enclosures

Allowed in the Bag: No

Electrical Household Devices

Allowed in the Bag: No

Electronic Remote Controllers

Allowed in the Bag: No

Empty deodorant sticks

Allowed in the Bag: No

Empty Plastic Coffee Pods

Allowed in the Bag: No

Empty Plastic toothpaste tubes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Face Shields

Allowed in the Bag: No

Flexible Pipes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Flexible plastic lotion tubes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Foam Block Packaging

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Bowls

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Box

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Containers

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Cups

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Egg Cartons

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Meat Trays

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Packing Peanuts

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Plates

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam Take Out Containers

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam To Go Boxes

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foam To-Go Boxes

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Foil liners

Allowed in the Bag: No

Folding Chair

Allowed in the Bag: No

Food

Allowed in the Bag: No

Food Storage Bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Food Wrap

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Fresh Veggie and Fruit Bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Frozen Fruit Bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Frozen vegetable bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Glass Bottles

Allowed in the Bag: No

Glass Bulbs

Allowed in the Bag: No

Glass Drinkware

Allowed in the Bag: No

Granola/Energy Bar Wrapper (With Metal Lining)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Granola/Energy Bar Wrapper (With See Through Plastic)

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Hard Hats

Allowed in the Bag: No

Hazardous Waste

Allowed in the Bag: No

Hoses

Allowed in the Bag: No

Household Water Hose

Allowed in the Bag: No

Inflatable Ball

Allowed in the Bag: No

Inflatable Pool

Allowed in the Bag: No

Iron

Allowed in the Bag: No

Juice Pouch (See Thru)

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Latex Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Liquid

Allowed in the Bag: No

Meat pads (from a meat tray)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Medical Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Medical Pouches (ie IV bags)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Medical Products

Allowed in the Bag: No

Metal Food Cans

Allowed in the Bag: No

Newspaper

Allowed in the Bag: No

Nitrile Gloves (Blue, Black)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Nursury Grow Pots

Allowed in the Bag: No

Paper

Allowed in the Bag: No

Paper Cups

Allowed in the Bag: No

Paper Envelope

Allowed in the Bag: No

Paper Flyers/ Mailers

Allowed in the Bag: No

Pet Food Bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Pet Food Bags (With Metal Lining)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Phonebook

Allowed in the Bag: No

Photography Negative Film

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Air Pillow Pack

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Only include plastic film if drop-off recycling programs not available.

Plastic Automotive Parts

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Bag Closures

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Bottle Caps

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Bottles (Body Wash)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Bottles (Dish Soap)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Bottles (Shampoo/ Conditioner)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Bowls

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Construction Materials

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Cups (colored only)

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Cutlery

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Forks

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic grocery bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Only include plastic film if drop-off recycling programs not available.

Plastic Items with #1

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Items with #2

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Items with #3

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Knife and Knifes

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Lids

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Mailing Envelopes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Mailing Envelopes with Paper Sticker

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Plates

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic shopping bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Sleeves for Photography Negative Film

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Spoons

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Stirrers

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Straws

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Toy Building Blocks/Bricks

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Toys (Hard plastic baby toys)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Toys (ie Rubber Duck)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Plastic Utensils

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic Wrap

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Plastic “Crystal” Clear Cups and Wine Glasses

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Powder Mix Liners

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Protective Clothing (Reflective Vests)

Allowed in the Bag: No

Pudding Cups

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

PVC Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Remote Controls

Allowed in the Bag: No

Rigid Pipes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Rope

Allowed in the Bag: No

Rope

Allowed in the Bag: No

Salad Bags

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

See thru stand up pouches

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Shredded Cheese Packages

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Smartphone Cases

Allowed in the Bag: No

Soda Can Rings (Flexible)

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Sour Cream Tubs

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Squeezable applesauce pouches

Allowed in the Bag: No

Squeezable baby food pouches

Allowed in the Bag: No

Sunglasses

Allowed in the Bag: No

Surgical Masks

Allowed in the Bag: No

Toothbrushes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Tubes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Umbrella

Allowed in the Bag: No

Vinyl Gloves

Allowed in the Bag: No

Water Bottles

Allowed in the Bag: No

Wipes

Allowed in the Bag: No

Wires and Cables

Allowed in the Bag: No

Wooden Cooking Utensils

Allowed in the Bag: No

Wooden Signs

Allowed in the Bag: No

Yogurt Containers

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Yogurt Tubs

Allowed in the Bag: Yes

Remember, items must be clean, dry, and free of any foil lining.

Easy effort. Enormous results.

Communities sign up for the Hefty® EnergyBag® program to supplement their regular recycling efforts. All it takes is a few simple steps to help keep hard-to-recycle plastics out of the landfill and turn them into something valuable.

1

Where the program is available: Participants purchase program bags at their local store.

2

They fill the Hefty® orange bag with acceptable, hard-to-recycle plastics.

3

They tie up the full orange bag and put it into a curbside recycling bin / cart.

4

The recycling truck picks up and delivers bags to a local recycling facility (MRF) as part of its routine service and schedule.

5

The orange bags are sorted at the MRF and sent to a facility for use as valued resources.

Hefty® Sustainability

In addition to our landmark EnergyBag® program, Hefty® recycled, recyclable, and compostable products can be found on store shelves across the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the answers to some common questions about the EnergyBag® Program.