The Dow Chemical Company is again teaming up with national nonprofit and longstanding partner Keep America Beautiful to award a total of $100,000 in grants for organizations to establish Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their communities. The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program offers an innovative approach to diverting plastics that cannot be recycled, such as chip bags and juice pouches, from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy resources.
The 2018 grant program builds upon the success of last year, when Dow awarded two $50,000 grants to organizations in Cobb County, Georgia (Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc.) and the City of Boise, Idaho to establish the program in their respective communities. This year, Dow will offer a total of $100,000 in grants to multiple communities across the nation.
“We’re looking forward to working with Keep America Beautiful again to deliver the 2018 Hefty® EnergyBag™ grant program,” said Jon Pyper, associate director of sustainability & advocacy for Dow. “By collaborating with organizations and communities nationwide, we are increasing plastics recovery, reducing the amount of waste going into landfills and advancing the vision of a circular economy.”
The grant application is open to municipalities, nonprofits, materials recovery facilities and other qualifying organizations through June 15, 2018. Dow will provide grant recipients with the blueprint to develop successful Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs, and will facilitate planning and implementation. Recipients will manage their local programs and solicit involvement from key community stakeholders.
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“The Hefty® EnergyBag™ grant program builds on our long-standing relationship with Dow to find innovative ways to divert waste from landfills and offer communities an option for those plastics that cannot currently be recycled,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We look forward to providing information to communities who believe the program may suit their community’s waste management strategy and goals.”
At the intersection of innovation, sustainability and citizenship, Dow’s long-standing relationship with Keep America Beautiful is built on more than 10 years of collaboration through the Great American Cleanup, the largest community improvement program in the U.S., which provides an opportunity to engage employees, customers and communities for impact.
The Hefty® EnergyBag™ grant program demonstrates Dow’s commitment to advancing a circular economy as part of its 2025 Sustainability Goals. As of February 2018, Hefty® EnergyBag™ curbside and non-curbside programs – which began with a 2014 EnergyBag™ Pilot in Citrus Heights, California – have collected over 44,500 orange bags and diverted more than 24 tons of plastics from landfills, the equivalent of approximately 19 million snack-sized chip bags or 117 barrels of diesel fuel.