Dow awards $100,000 to communities implementing Non-recyclable Plastic into Energy Program

Hefty Energy BagDow Chemical Company is once again teaming with its partner Keep America Beautiful to award $100,000 to organizations that have established the Hefty EnergyBag program in their communities. This program offers a new idea of diverting non-recyclable plastics (chip bags, juice pouches etc) into energy resources.

Last year, in 2017, Dow awarded $50,000 to two organizations in Cobb County, Georgia (Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc.) and the City of Boise, Idaho to establish the program in their communities. Now, this year it will offer a total of $100,000 in number of communities across nations who are fulfilling the same idea.

Jon Pype, associate director of sustainability & advocacy for Dow said, “We’re looking forward to working with Keep America Beautiful again to deliver the 2018 Hefty EnergyBag grant program.”

He further added, “By collaborating with organizations and communities nationwide, we are increasing plastics recovery, reducing the amount of waste going into landfills and advancing the vision of a circular economy.”

The grant application is open until June 15, 2018, for municipalities, nonprofits, materials recovery facilities and other qualifying organizations. Dow is providing recipients with the blueprint to develop successful HeftyEnergyBag programs, along with it they will also facilitate in planning and implementation.

Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful says, “The Hefty EnergyBag grant program builds on our long-standing relationship with Dow to find innovative ways to divert waste from landfills and offer communities an option for those plastics that cannot currently be recycled.”

He continued by also saying, “We look forward to providing information to communities who believe the program may suit their community’s waste management strategy and goals.”

This program which began in 2014 has achieved great success in last four years. Stating an example of this achievement – as of February 2018 states that California – has collected over 44,500 orange bags and diverted more than 24 tons of plastics from landfills, the equivalent of approximately 19 million snack-sized chip bags or 117 barrels of diesel fuel.

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