Dow’s Collaboration on Hefty® Energy Bag™ Earns Environmental Leader Top Project of the Year Award
MIDLAND, Mich. – June 12, 2017 – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that the Hefty® Energy Bag™ program, a collaborative initiative to promote the conversion of previously non-recycled plastics into energy, has received a Top Project of the Year Award in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. Judges recognized Hefty® Energy Bag™ for the program’s use of communication and collaboration to achieve its mission of diverting plastic waste from landfills and converting it into a valuable energy resource.
The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improve environmental or energy management and increase the bottom line. The Awards offer companies a vetted choice of products as well as a variety of successful projects to model how sustainability and energy management can help companies improve their business performance.
"On behalf of Dow and our Hefty® Energy Bag™ partners, we are thrilled to accept the Environmental Leader Top Project of the Year Award which further recognizes the value of the Hefty® Energy Bag™ program for collecting non-recycled plastics at residential curbside, turning it into a valuable energy resource and advancing the circular economy,” said Jon Pyper, North America Associate Director for Sustainability, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “We encourage companies, cities and others to implement a Hefty® Energy Bag™ Program in your community and help further divert non-recycled plastics from landfills."
Project submissions were reviewed by a panel of independent judges headed by Peter Bussey of LNS Research along with judges from Advanced Micro Devices, ATT, Best Buy, C&A, Caesars, Cox Enterprises, Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, Harbec, Kellogg, LNS Research, Marriott, MillerCoors, Newell Brands, Novartis, Oldcastle Inc., Panasonic, Parker Hannifin, Paul Leavoy/Consultant, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Strategic Sustainable Consulting, Tyco Global Products, Wellborn Cabinet and Zee Company/Member of the Vincit Group.
"With a highly respected (and critical) judging panel and a strict set of judging criteria, entrants faced an extremely high bar for the level of product or project to qualify for an award," says Tim Hermes, publisher of Environmental Leader parent company, Business Sector Media. "Those who entered needed to bring their A-game to get even a sniff of award-nirvana. And they delivered."
Dow is a leading and engaged voice for policies and programs that advance the vision of a “circular economy” for plastics, an important focus of Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals set in 2015. To learn more about Dow’s sustainability goals and initiatives advancing a circular economy, visit Dow’s 2016 Sustainability Report.
“Programs like Hefty® Energy Bag™ are moving the needle to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and to optimize their resource efficiency across the lifecycle,” said Diego Donoso, Business President for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “Replicating the success of this program across the United States can build momentum and scale with long lasting effects - less plastics waste in landfills, waterways and communities. Something we are all working towards.”
The Hefty® Energy Bag™ program is a collaborative effort between The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, Conagra Foods and Systech Environmental Corporation. Plastics collected through the program are sorted at a local recycling facility and converted into energy used in cement production. The Omaha area program is based on the success of a 2014 Energy Bag Pilot in Citrus Heights, Calif.
Since launching in the Omaha area in September 2016, the program has expanded from 6,000 to 8,500 households, and also includes the city of Bellevue and Conagra’s corporate campus. As of May 2017, the program has collected more than 10,000 energy bags, diverting more than five tons of plastic previously destined for landfills. The program’s initial phase could divert an estimated 36 tons of previously non-recycled plastic from Omaha area landfills.
To learn more about the Hefty® Energy Bag™ program, visit www.HeftyEnergyBag.com.
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Reynolds Consumer Products is a leading provider of quality household essentials that have been trusted for generations. Our Reynolds® and Hefty® brand products help with preparation, cooking, cleanup, and storage. The Hefty® brand is best known for strong, dependable waste bags, available in the U.S. at mass merchants, grocers, and other retail stores nationwide. For more information, visit Hefty.com.
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About the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards
In its fifth year, the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in corporate projects that improved environmental, sustainability or energy management and increased the bottom line. It is a five-point rating system designed to offer companies feedback and recognition. Third-party judges came from the following companies: Advanced Micro Devices, ATT, Best Buy, CandA, Caesars, Cox Enterprises, Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, Harbec, Kellogg, LNS Research, Marriott, Miller Coors, Newell Brands, Novartis, Oldcastle Inc., Panasonic, Parker Hannifin, Paul Leavoy/Consultant, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Strategic Sustainable Consulting, Tyco Global Products, Wellborn Cabinet, and Zee Company/Member of the Vincit Group. For a complete list of winners, visit www.environmentalleader.com/environmental-leader-product-project-awards-2017.
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