How the EnergyBag® Program Works

Learn more about the simple steps it takes to convert hard-to-recycle plastics into valued resources.

Easy effort. Enormous results.

Participants can add the Hefty® EnergyBag® program to 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 more valuable.

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

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

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They tie up the full orange bag and put it into a curbside recycling bin / cart OR take to an approved drop-off facility, depending on the community.

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

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

From Plastic Packaging To Valuable Resource

Plastic waste is more valuable than you think.

Just like plastics that qualify for curbside recycling, hard-to-recycle plastics hold value. They can be used as:

  • Alternative fuel for manufacturing cement, reducing the need for natural resources like coal
  • Aggregate material for concrete blocks, plastic lumber, and other building products
  • New plastic products such as park benches, and Adirondack chairs
  • Feedstocks that can be refined into high-grade fuels or converted back into plastics 

Right now, the collected hard-to-recycle materials mostly become energy resources and replace some of the coal that fuels cement kilns. Visit the press page to see recent examples of how the collected materials can be used, and read more about the program's environmental impact below.

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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.