London's Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project


The City of London, along with a number of partners, is excited to launch the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project, which provides Londoners a new way to collect hard-to-recycle plastics currently not accepted in the Blue Box and give them another life.

Your household has been selected to help us turn those hard-to-recycle plastics into valuable recyclable resources and energy through this pilot project rather than placing them in the garbage. We cannot keep these materials out of landfill without your participation and support.

We want to make the collection process as convenient and easy as possible for you and your household. We are working on adding content to this website regularly, so please be sure to check back after you receive your Hefty® EnergyBag® starter kit.

In the meantime, check out the FAQ tab for answers to some of the bigger questions about London's Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project.

Stay up-to-date on London's Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project by entering your email on the Stay Connected tab.

Acceptable items for the Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags?

Acceptable Items

There are many hard-to-recycle plastics that currently do not belong in the Blue Box program but can be collected as part of the pilot project.

The list of acceptable items below are what we want you to place in the Hefty® orange bag.

Items must be empty, clean and dry.

If the item is not on this list, please do not place it in the Hefty® orange bag as it reduces the value of the materials that we want in the bag. If in doubt, leave it out! and put it in a garbage bag.

  • Candy wrappers
  • Condiment packets
  • Foam take-out food containers
  • Foam cups, plates, bowls
  • Food bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Granola bar and energy bar wrappers
  • Hot dog and sausage packaging
  • Juice pouches
  • Microwavable plastic pouches
  • Packing foam peanuts
  • Plastic cheese bags
  • Plastic cups, plates, bowls
  • Plastic deli meat & cheese packaging
  • Plastic drink rings
  • Plastic liners from food boxes
  • Plastic meat packaging wrap
  • Plastic and foam meat trays
  • Plastic pet food bags
  • Plastic produce bags
  • Plastic straws & stirrers
  • Plastic toothpaste tubes
  • Plastic utensils
  • Potato chip bags
  • Salad bags
  • Snack bags
  • Squeezable pouches
  • Stand-up pouches

NOTE: If this list changes and more materials are added, we will notify you via email. Please ensure you supply your email by visiting the Stay Connected tab.

Unacceptable Items

Any item that is not on the acceptable Item list above must not go in the bag.

Here are a few examples of what NOT to put in the Hefty® orange bags:

  • Aluminum, steel or metal
  • Coffee pods
  • Food and other packaging contents
  • Glass
  • Household Hazardous waste
  • Hoses, tubes or rope
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Medical products (even if plastic)
  • Paper or paper products
  • Plastic grocery bags should be returned to grocery stores with collection bins
  • Plastic containers that belong in the Blue Box program (marked #1 through #7)
  • Plastic toys
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC #3 plastic – like vinyl siding, pipes, appliance housings, etc.)
  • Rubber/tires

To ensure that the contents of the Hefty® EnergyBag® can be put to a higher value end-use depends on participants only adding plastic items from the list of acceptable items. Remember. . . If in doubt, leave it out! and put it in a garbage bag.

Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Are you a CURBSIDE or ENVIRODEPOT household? Required
Please select the neighbourhood you reside in? Required

If you are unsure of your neighbourhood community name, please visit the Participating Neighbourhood tab for more information.

NOTICE OF COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION-The personal information submitted on this page is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 and will be used to provide details regarding future London Hefty® EnergyBag™ Pilot Project supported events or activities. Questions about this collection of personal information should be addressed to Jay Stanford, Director - Environment, Fleet and Solid Waste at 300 Dufferin Ave., London, ON N6A 4L9, or by telephone at 519-661-2489 ext. 5411, or email to

FAQs-London's Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project


Below your London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project team has compiled a list of FAQs to help you navigate your way through participating in this exciting pilot project.

If you still have questions, please reach out to the team by emailing or by calling 519-661-2489 ext. 8413.

Don't forget to submit your email to receive updates on the pilot project by visiting the 'Stay Connected' tab on this website.

Pilot Project Neighbourhoods

Pilot Project Neighbourhoods

The London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project initial phase will encompass approximately 13,000 households across nine communities in the City of London.

Below are the neighbourhoods included in the first phase of this pilot project, along with a link to the neighbourhood community page through London's Neighbourgood website.

Phase One Curbside Neighbourhoods


Kensington Village

Kilally Valley


Old East Village

Phase One EnviroDepot Neighbourhoods

Byron (portion north of Byron Baseline Rd and east of Warbler Woods ESA.)


Hunt Club (portion south of Fitzwilliam Blvd.)


Participating Households