Watch this video to learn how Dow helped the City of Citrus Heights turn non-recycled plastics into an energy resource.


Sponsored by Dow, the Flexible Packaging Association and Republic Services, along with the City of Citrus Heights, a three-month pilot program kicked off in 2014. It was the first of its kind in the United States to prove that non-recycled plastics could be collected at residential curbside and diverted from landfills in order to optimize resource efficiency. Now there are a number of active programs.

Materials collected during the pilot were converted into high-value synthetic crude oil at a local pyrolysis plant that used a patented thermal pyrolysis technology.

The Results:

  • 1/3 of targeted homeowners participated at some point during the pilot.
  • Approximately 8,000 bags were collected in three months.
  • Approximately 6,000 pounds of non-recycled plastics were diverted from landfills.
  • 512 gallons of synthetic crude oil were produced