Dow Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing scheme, the Hefty Energy Bag program, wants to dupe us into thinking that burning plastic in cement kilns is recycling. In reality this is a toxic disposal method.

Join us in sending a message to DOW and KAB:To solve the plastic pollution crisis, we need less plastic, not more toxins. Add your name!

We all know that single-use plastics are a big problem: they crowd our landfills, pollute our waterways, and are a contributor to toxic pollution when burned. When it comes to throwaway plastics, the good news is, we don’t need them in the first place! The bad news is, the plastic industry wants to continue producing more and more of the stuff in the coming decades. The American Chemistry Council (representing plastic companies) are quick to suggest incineration as the key to the plastic waste problem (a convenient excuse to keep up production).  

Dow Chemical is the largest producer of plastic chemicals in the world, and has a lot of skin in this game. So they’ve come up with a “solution” to “previously non-recycled plastics”: just burn it! In their pilot program of the Hefty Energy Bag in Omaha, NE, they have told citizens that they can “recycle” their single-use plastic by collecting them in orange bags, which are then sent to be burned in a cement kiln that has violated the Clean Air Act.

Not only can burning plastic produce some of the most toxic chemicals on earth, like carbon monoxide and dioxin, contributing to the endangerment of the health of communities living nearby, it reinforces the idea that the plastic pollution problem can just be burned away. Plastic is made from fossil fuels, and in order to make sure we have a liveable planet for generations to come, we need to transition to a circular economy where our products can be easily reused or recycled, not produced from scratch using greenhouse gases.

Now is the time to say no to greenwashing stunts like the Hefty Energy Bag, and yes to the real solutions that Americans across the country are working on every day. Cities across the country have committed to a zero waste goal, and are banning problem plastics, like styrofoam, plastic bags, and plastic straws. Reusable alternatives to non-recyclable plastic are making it easier to #breakfreefromplastic. Join us to demand a just, equitable, non-toxic, zero waste world where the Hefty Energy Bag program would have no plastic to burn.

Send a message that you will not support the Hefty Energy Bag in your city, and let’s expose the truth behind the bag!


We believe that our environment should have an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic. We support reduction, reuse, and recycling, and reject false solutions to plastic pollution like Dow’s Hefty Energy Bag program. The program aims to collect throwaway plastic and packaging to burn, and call it “recycling.” Burning plastic is not recycling, and emits toxic pollution that can harm communities.  The Energy Bag program undermines real solutions — and we will not support it in our city.

Map of Resistance to the Dirty #EnergyBag program


Plastic Free Seas

National Toxics Network


European Environmental Bureau


Greeners Action


Don't Waste Arizona

Zero Waste Washington

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Greenpeace USA

The Story of Stuff Project

Nothing Left to Waste

Californians Against Waste

American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc (AEHSP)

Texas Campaign for the Environment


Ecology Center

Story of Stuff Project

City of San Francisco Department of Environment


Sunflower Alliance

Rainforest Action Network

Sunflower Alliance

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Tri-CED Community Recycling

The 5 Gyres Institute

Indiana State Conference NAACP ECJ


Clean Ocean Access

Climate Justice Alliance

Movement Generation

Exist Green

Zero Waste USA

Zero Waste Detroit

Grassroots Global Justice

PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network

Missouri Valley Group (Nebraska) Sierra Club

Tishman Environment & Design Center, The New School

Citizens Against Ruining the Environment

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Downwinders at Risk

Kentucky Environmental Foundation

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Michelle M.

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Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility of United Church of Christ

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Zero Waste Canada

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Korea Zero Waste Movement Network

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Ecology Center

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Napa Recycling


Recycle Lebanon

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Northern California Recycling

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Gary Liss & Associates

Eureka Recycling

Sierra Recycling

Black Mesa Water Coalition

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)

Post Landfill Action Network

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