Energy Bag

The “Energy Bag” Plastics-to-Energy Pilot Program

Converting Non-Recycled Plastic into Synthetic Fuel Oil

During the course of 2014, The Dow Chemical Company, Republic Services, The Flexible Packaging Association, Agilyx, Reynolds Consumer Products, and the city of Citrus Heights, California, collaborated to implement a first-of-its-kind pilot in the United States. The “Energy Bag Pilot” tested the feasibility of collecting households’ non-recycled plastics (NRP) at curbside, sorting the NRP at a material recycling facility (MRF), delivering the desired/sorted-out NRP to an energy conversion facility, and effectively converting that NRP into an energy resource - all via an existing waste management infrastructure. 

The Energy Bag Program Report

Co-sponsored by Dow, the Flexible Packaging Association, and Republic Services, along with The City of Citrus Heights, California, the Energy Bag pilot program was the first-of-its-kind pilot in the United States intended to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and to optimize their resource efficiency. The citizens of Citrus Heights were asked to collect previously non-recycled plastic items in bright purple bags - their Energy Bags - so the items could be converted into energy.

The purple Energy Bags were collected during the community’s regular recycling pick-up, sorted at the recycling facility and sent to a plastics-to-energy plant. Using their patented thermal pyrolysis technology, which is complementary to current mechanical recycling programs, Agilyx converted the previously non-recycled plastics into high-value synthetic crude oil.

The Power of Collaboration: The Citrus Heights Energy Bag Pilot Program (18 Min)

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The Power of Collaboration: The Citrus Heights Energy Bag Pilot Program (18 Minutes)


Energy Bag Pilot Program Documentary Recap (7 Minutes)


Citrus Heights Energy Bag Pilot Program Overview (2 minutes)

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