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Two US communities secure $50,000 grants for community waste recovery programs

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Keep America Beautiful have announced Hefty EnergyBag Grant Recipients.

Cobb County, Georgia, and Boise, Idaho, have secured $50,000 each to implement community waste recovery programs.

The Hefty EnergyBag program aligns with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and offers a new approach to divert plastics that are presently not being recycling including chip bags and juice pouches from landfills and converting the materials into energy resources.

It builds on a ten-year partnership via the Great American Cleanup. The program was announced last July and sought applications across the country.

The two winning communities will provide collected materials to facilities that use advanced non-combustion conversion technologies which can generate a liquid fuel, such as diesel.

The technologies are claimed to have long-term potential to generate feedstocks in a closed loop system and can help in producing new plastics and thereby helping create a more circular economy.

Initially, Dow will offer guidelines for the communities and others to implement the program, and oversee the planning, implementation and measurement phases.

Going forward, the grant recipients will be ultimately responsible for managing the program and identifying and engaging key community stakeholders.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics business president Diego Donoso said: “The Hefty EnergyBag program will complement existing plastic recycling systems in each community.

“By investing in resource recovery, Boise and Cobb County will be able to divert more non-recycled plastics from landfills by turning these valuable materials into new energy resources.”