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The Hefty EnergyBag Program

Hefty Energy Bag Program
November 2, 2020

The Hefty® EnergyBag® program is a groundbreaking initiative, led by Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products, that collects previously hard-to-recycle plastics at curbside and converts them into valuable energy resources.  The program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including fewer plastics ending up in landfills.

Dow and Keep America Beautiful established the Hefty® EnergyBag® Grant to offer communities nationwide the opportunity to implement the Hefty® EnergyBag® program as part of their existing waste management infrastructure.

Cobb County received a $50,000 grant to implement the program in our community which launched in late fall 2018.  Currently, customers of American Disposal, B-Green Services, City of Smyrna, Custom Disposal Service and Pickers Waste Service can enroll.  Please contact your enrolled hauler customer service department to join:

  • American Disposal (678) 720-0500
  • B Green Services (404) 660-1392
  • City of Smyrna (770) 431-2863
  • Custom Disposal Service (770) 977-2788
  • Pickers Waste Service (678) 324-8675
  • Trash Taxi of Georgia (770) 975-0926

Find out more about the program

Participating households place their hard-to-recycle plastics in Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags.  Once full, residents tie the bags and place them in their curbside recycling carts or bins during their regularly-scheduled recycling pick-up.

Participants' current haulers pick up the tied orange bags along with their regular recycling materials and send them to a local materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting.  The MRF then bales the bags and sends them to a local energy recovery facility, which converts plastics into valuable energy resources.

The Environmental Benefits

The Hefty® EnergyBag® program provides many environmental and economic benefits, including:

  • The diversion of valuable resources from landfills
  • The conversion of waste into alternative energy, which can be used to power businesses, cars and homes
  • Improved efficiency of existing mechanical recycling programs by reducing the amount of hard-to-recycle materials going to materials recovery facilities, ultimately improving the quality of recycled materials such as paper and cardboard
  • Potential cost savings that aid in the decrease of waste management costs
  • The reduction of fossil fuels extracted from the ground
  • Increased consumer engagement and education of resource recovery

Hefty Energy Bag Program: Watch How It Works