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 EnergyBag™ 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 curbside and diverted from landfills in order to optimize resource efficiency.

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

The Results:

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