Hefty Energy Bag Program Captures Non-Recycled Plastic For Energy Recovery

RES Polyflow recently participated in an informational program at the annual Earth Day Omaha event in Omaha Nebraska and engaged hundreds of residents participating in the Hefty Energy Bag project that diverts non-recycled plastic to energy recovery facilities.  A number of communities in the greater Omaha area are supporting the Energy Bag program which allows residents to place plastic items normally not recycled into a special orange bag supplied by Hefty. The orange bags are collected along with traditional recycled items such as metals, bottles and cardboard and sent to a recycler equipped to handle a co-mingled stream of low value plastic. Discarded plastic packaging from food and consumer products, shopping bags, coffee pods, and single serve pouches are just some of the items diverted from local landfills using this unique method of capturing and recycling these high energy products that happen to be suitable as a coal replacement fuel or as a feedstock for production of petroleum products and waxes.
                                                                                                                                                                   The strong adoption rate of this program demonstrated by Omaha residents in the early stages of the pilot indicates that the Energy Bag model of isolating and collecting non-recycled plastic has merit in communities across the U.S.  We are excited to participate in future programs offered by Energy Bag sponsors The Dow Chemical Company and Reynolds Consumer Products.                                                                                                                                                             For more information on this innovative approach to managing non-recycled plastic, go to:
http://www.hefty.com/whats-new/articles/hefty-energy-bag-program/  and