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Dow Upsurges Plastic Recycling in US; Starts Grant Program

Published on 2017-07-18. Author : SpecialChem

The Dow Chemical Company has recently announced it has teamed up with national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful, to award two USD 50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their communities.

Converting Waste into Valuable Energy Sources


The program is an innovative approach to divert traditionally non-recycled plastics – like chip bags and juice pouches – from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy sources.

Hefty® EnergyBag™ Program

USD 50,000 Grants


  • The grant application is open to municipalities, non-profits, materials recovery facilities, and other qualifying organizations through September 1, 2017. 
  • Dow will provide grant recipients with the blueprint to develop a successful Hefty® EnergyBag™ program and will facilitate planning and implementation. 
  • Recipients will ultimately manage the programs and solicit involvement of key community stakeholders.

Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals
Neil Hawkins, chief sustainability officer for Dow, said:
“The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program demonstrates Dow’s commitment to advancing a circular economy, a pillar of our 2025 Sustainability Goals. In partnership with Keep America Beautiful, these grants will enable the growth of this important initiative and show the power of a collaborative blueprint for reducing landfill waste and waste released to the environment, two critical global priorities.”

Collecting Plastic Material
Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling for Keep America Beautiful, said:
“At Keep America Beautiful, we look for innovative ways to promote and improve recycling and other approaches to divert waste from landfills. The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program provides a convenient way to collect plastic materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill and offers a platform to promote positive behaviors to prevent this material from being wasted.”

Strong Relationship


  • The grant program builds on Dow’s long-standing relationship with Keep America Beautiful. 
  • The program will be funded through the Company’s Global Citizenship Impact Fund, a unique way to unlock business value while driving social impact. 
  • The fund provides financial resources for business-aligned global citizenship initiatives focused on three key impact areas: 
    • Access to clean drinking water 
    • Packaging to prevent food waste 
    • Post-consumer waste management

Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, said:
“The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program is a true proof point for our efforts to redefine the role of business in society. By sharing knowledge and resources with communities, we are enabling grant recipients to develop sustainable Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their backyards – a crucial step as we look to scale the initiative across the country.”

Hefty® EnergyBag™ Program


The first full-scale Hefty® EnergyBag™ program was launched in Omaha in September 2016 and has since expanded from 6,000 to 8,500 households. As of June 2017, the Omaha program has collected more than 13,000 bags of previously non-recycled plastics, diverting more than six tons of waste previously destined for landfills.

The Omaha program is based on the success of a 2014 Energy Bag Pilot in Citrus Heights, Calif. and is a collaborative effort between Dow, Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, Conagra Brands and Systech Environmental Corporation.

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Source: Dow Chemical Company
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