Energy Bag Recycling
The Results of the 2014 Energy Bag Pilot Program are in! Click on the link: http://www.dow.com/energybag to see the outcome of the Energy Bag Pilot program in our city! Thank you to all who participated!
It is estimated that the U.S. creates more than 250 million tons of trash each year, with more than half ending up in landfills. That is literally a waste, because a lot of the materials being discarded contain tremendous embedded potential energy - especially plastics. In fact, plastics offer more BTUs per pound than coal!
In many other countries around the world, materials that are hard to recycle are being used as a valuable energy source - energy to light homes, power TVs, run factories, fuel engines, and heat and cool offices. This pilot program is out to prove that cities like Citrus Heights can do it. And if we can do it here, we can show cities all around the country how to follow our lead!
Take a look at these figures illustrating the potential for resource recovery programs like Energy Bag:
- If everybody participates, Citrus Heights can keep more than 454,000 pounds* (235 tons!) of non-recycled plastics from ending up in the landfill during the pilot period.
- By recovering plastics' high energy content - higher than coal - all those pounds of recovered non-recycled plastics are equivalent to:
- More than 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel**
- Greater than 600,000 kilowatt hours of electricity**
**Estimates - each process technology provides slightly different conversion rates (to electricity or diesel).
The state of California has a target of a 75% landfill diversion rate by 2020. We must explore our options sooner rather than later, and the Energy Bag Program offers numerous advantages for everyone. Citrus Heights has the opportunity to start an environmental revolution, showing the rest of the country how to reduce the amount of resources sent to the landfill, increase recycling efficiencies, and promote alternative energy opportunities.
This program did not affect residents much at all. The only difference was that they were able to recycle even more materials than before. A box of purple Energy Bags were sent in the mail or delivered to our residents' doorsteps. The bags were then used to collect plastic items that people had previously thrown in the trash before - things like:
- Cake mix liners and pouches
- Candy wrappers
- Cereal box liners
- Coffee bags and pouches
- Condiment sachets
- Dog and cat food bags
- Frozen veggie and fruit bags
- Juice pouches
- Laundry pouches
- Microwave pouches
- Other non-recycled bags
- Plastic cups, plates, and bowls
- Plastic meat and cheese packaging
- Plastic serving ware
- Salad bags
- Snack bags and wrappers
- Squeezable pouches
- Straws and stirrers
- Tuna pouches
For more information, contact Republic Services at 916-725-9060.
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