Hefty® EnergyBag® Program

The Hefty® EnergyBag® program provides participating residents a new way to collect plastics that are not accepted as loose items in the blue recycle cart – like plastic bags, plastic films and dairy tubs – and converts them into a valuable energy resource rather than sending them to the landfill. Remember no metal, paper, or #1 plastics are accepted in the EnergyBag.

Materials collected in the Hefty® EnergyBag™ orange bags will be sent to facilities to convert these hard to recycle plastics into a valuable energy resource.

To date, Boise has collected over 550,000 Hefty EnergyBags. This amounts to over 500 tons of plastic to be processed into fuel.

Renewlogy, our preferred processing facility, is currently upgrading some of their machinery, and processing of material has been paused temporarily while these upgrades take place. Hefty Energybags are still being collected and sent to alternative markets or stored to be processed when the upgrades are complete.

Plastics Sorting | Video & Guides

We understand that sorting your plastics can be confusing. Below, you'll find a video guiding you through how to sort your plastics, as well as downloadable guides to keep at home and our Digital Collection Guide.

SEE DIGITAL sorting GUIDE

Home Reference Guide

This is a basic guide is designed for residents who prefer to quickly check where items go and will show you where to put common paper, plastic, metal and other items.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE

GUIA DE REFERENCIA (SPANISH VERSION)

Detailed Plastics Guide

This is a more advanced guide designed for residents who prefer to go in depth with different plastic types and put more plastic items into the recycle cart and Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bag.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE

TU GUIA MANEJAR PLASTICOS (SPANISH VERSION)

Need More Bags?

Bags are now available for sale at all Albertsons, Target and Boise Co-op locations for purchase.

Learn More About Hefty® EnergyBag® Program

Boise is one of a handful of communities across the U.S. participating in this recovery program. Although more than 98 percent of households participate in the curbside recycling program, many plastics would have otherwise been thrown in the trash cart. With the help of community partner, Happy Family Brands, the City of Boise can now expand the types and amount of plastic that is collected and diverted from the landfill to be beneficially used.

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