Hefty Energy Bag: Omaha Program Converts Plastic Waste to Energy September 21, 2016

Hefty Energy Bag: Omaha Program Converts Plastic Waste to Energy

Program could divert an estimated 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase

Lake Forest, Ill., – September 21, 2016, – Hefty Energy Bag, a unique program designed to convert previously non-recycled plastics into energy, has launched in the Omaha area. Plastics collected through the program will be sorted at a local recycling facility and converted into energy used in cement production. The program’s initial phase could divert an estimated 36 tons of previously non-recycled plastic from landfills.

Using Hefty Energy Bags – bright orange bags produced by Reynolds Consumer Products – 6,000 Recyclebank members in the Omaha area can collect previously non-recycled plastics, including chip bags, candy bar wraps and drink pouches. Instead of putting these items in a landfill, residents will now be able to collect these plastics in Hefty Energy Bags and toss them in their regular recycling bins and carts. From there, the bags are sorted at a local First Star Recycling facility and transferred to Systech Environmental Corporation, where the bags and all their contents will be converted into energy to make cement.

This cutting-edge resource recovery program is a collaborative effort between The Dow Chemical Company, Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, Conagra Foods, and Systech Environmental Corporation.

To learn more about the Hefty Energy Bag program, visit www.HeftyEnergybag.com.