Hefty® EnergyBag™ Partners Announce Grant Recipients January 4, 2018

Hefty® EnergyBag™ Partners Announce Grant Recipients

Cobb County, Georgia and Boise, Idaho Awarded $50,000 Each to Implement Community Waste Recovery Programs

Lake Forest, IL - January 4, 2018 –

$50,000 grants have been awarded to organizations in Cobb County, Georgia (Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc.) and Boise, Idaho to establish the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program in their respective communities. The program offers an innovative approach to diverting plastics that are not currently recycled – such as chip bags and juice pouches – from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy resources.

 

The two winning communities will provide collected materials to facilities utilizing advanced non-combustion conversion technologies, which can generate a liquid fuel, such as diesel. These technologies also have the longer-term potential to generate feedstocks in a closed loop system to produce new plastics, keeping resources in use and at their highest value and thereby helping create a more circular economy.

 

“Reynolds Consumer Products is proud to be a part of the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program,” said Dave Bryla, Business President for Reynolds Consumer Products. “Resource recovery of non-recycled plastics is a viable municipal process that can achieve many positive long-term environmental and economic results, including fewer tons of landfill waste, more local energy resources and less fossil energy dependence.”

“We look forward to working with each community as they implement the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program in their area in 2018,” said Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “Cobb County and Boise’s adoption of the program is helping expand efforts to increase plastics recovery across North America.”

“Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc. is excited about this innovative program and is looking forward to bringing plastic recovery options and technology to Cobb County residents,” said Kimberly White, executive director for Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc.

"The City of Boise is committed to sustainability. This program provides an important tool in managing our post-consumer plastics responsibly," said Catherine Chertudi, environmental program manager with the City of Boise. "The opportunity to keep more plastics out of the landfill through this innovative recovery program is very exciting."

Matt Maurer of Reynolds Consumer Products added, “Collaboration is key to the success of a program and we are very excited to work with the new program partners as they implement the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program in their communities”.

To date, Hefty® EnergyBag™ curbside and non-curbside programs, which include a 2014 EnergyBag™ Pilot in Citrus Heights, California, have diverted more than 17 tons of plastics from the landfill. The first full-scale Hefty® EnergyBag™ program launched in Omaha in September 2016. In its first year, the Hefty® EnergyBag™ Omaha program has collected more than 19,500 bags and diverted approximately 11 tons of plastics, the equivalent to approximately 8.6 million snack-sized chip bags, from the landfill.

To learn more about the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program, visit www.heftyenergybag.com.