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Got Orange Bags?

What are those orange bags? Do you live in Idaho and wonder what those orange bags on the curb are for? It’s a great new program y’all!

got orange bags

If you live in Idaho too and have been wondering about those orange trash bags at the store let me share why they’re different. They’re a great new way to reduce waste! Special thanks goes out to Hefty® for sponsoring this post.

Ok so we all recycle right??

BUT….did you know there are some plastics that cannot be recycled and unfortunately end up in our landfills? It’s true. 🙁

Hefty® recognized this and wanted to do something about it so in a few cities where items like foam cups, plates and bowls aren’t recyclable,  they implemented a new Hefty® EnergyBag™ program to ensure that they could!

Love that……

Let’s start with where you can find them. I got mine at Albertsons.

albertsons on broadway

Right now you can pick up Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags  at your local Albertsons store, near the other Hefty® trash bags.

As you can see they stand out from all the others and come in a convenient 13-gallon size bag (the only size we use in our house).

I’m sure I’m not the only one who didn’t know about this program this so let me share……

There are actually many plastic items that cannot be recycled BUT now you can include those items inside your orange Hefty® bag so they can be recovered as an alternative energy resource instead of going to the landfill! Love that…..

hefty energy bags

This is all you have to do:

  • Add another can with one of these orange bags inside (we put our can next to our existing recycle bin)
  • Put clean and dry hard-to-recycled plastics inside (list of items to include are below)
  • When full, tie the top.
  • Then place it inside your designated recycle bin (ours is blue) during your scheduled recycling pick up.
  • That’s it!

Those items include:



  • Bread bags
  • Chip/snack bags
  • Fruit/vegetable/salad bags
  • Plastic pet food/treat bags
  • Grocery bags


  • Plastic food wrap
  • Meat/cheese packaging
  • Candy wrappers
  • Food storage bags
  • Plastic bottle caps


  • Yogurt/butter/sour cream


  • Juice/squeezable


  • Snacks – pudding


  • Straws/utensils/cups/plates/etc.


  • Foam egg cartons
  • Foam cups/plates/bowls
  • Foam meat trays



  • Bubble wrap
  • Air packs/pillows
  • Shrink wrap
  • Plastic envelopes


  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Empty deodorant sticks
  • Lotion/creams tubes

Makes a bit more sense now right?

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Thursday 19th of November 2020

Just so everyone is fully in the know - Their so called "conversion program" is just incinerating everything in a big cement kiln. Yes, it creates energy for fuel, but it also creates polluted air, violating the Clean Air Act. This is basically a great big marketing ploy by Dow Chemicals (the makers of Hefty), because you could accomplish the same by filling & throwing away any regular old trash bag if your dump incinerates their garbage anyways. It makes no difference what color the bag is or who manufactured it. Dow, who also happen to be the biggest producers of plastic chemicals in the world basically wanted to come up with a "solution" for these hard to recycle burn it!?! PLEASE don't get duped into thinking burning plastic is in any way sustainable.

DeAnn Stover

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Amazon I meant.

DeAnn Stover

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Yes in Lincoln Ne Aazon says they have the heafty recyclable bags but I don't see them I have to order on line. cannot drive Any help would be appreciated.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 17th of November 2019

I've only heard you can get them in stores and on their website directly.

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