London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project

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Still Going Strong

The London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project is still going strong and we want to say thank you to all the participating households for taking the extra time to sort items properly and placing them in the correct recycling program.

View the Updates and Info tab below to find out how to get more Hefty® EnergyBags® for your household.


Still Going Strong

The London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project is still going strong and we want to say thank you to all the participating households for taking the extra time to sort items properly and placing them in the correct recycling program.

View the Updates and Info tab below to find out how to get more Hefty® EnergyBags® for your household.


  • Need More Hefty® EnergyBags® ?

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    3 months ago


    If your household is in need of more Hefty® EnergyBag® simply reach out to the pilot project team at jcorby@london.ca.

    Please note that the Hefty® EnergyBag® are not yet available for purchase at commercial retail locations.

    You can also receive updates on the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project by visiting the Stay Connected tab of this website and registering for our electronic newsletter.


  • Hefty® EnergyBag® Acceptable Items List - Large Print

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    4 months ago

    Just a reminder of acceptable items for the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project.

  • EnviroDepot Hours

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    6 months ago

    Oxford Street EnviroDepot - 1450 Oxford Street West

    SUMMER HOURS effective Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Monday to Friday 12 noon - 7 pm

    Saturday 8 am - 5 pm

    Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

    Open Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Thanksgiving. Closed remaining statutory holidays.

    Clarke Road South EnviroDepot - 28 Clarke Road

    SUMMER HOURS effective Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Monday to Friday 12 noon - 7 pm

    Saturday 8 am - 5 pm

    Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

    Open Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Thanksgiving. Closed remaining statutory holidays.

  • Pilot Project Neighbourhoods

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    6 months ago

    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.

    Curbside Neighbourhoods
    1. Cleardale
    2. Kensington Village
    3. Kilally Valley
    4. Lambeth
    5. Old East Village
    EnviroDepot Neighbourhoods
    1. Byron (portion north of Byron Baseline Rd and east of Warbler Woods ESA.)
    2. Fairmont
    3. Hunt Club (portion south of Fitzwilliam Blvd.)
    4. Summerside
  • EnviroDepot Households FAQ

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    6 months ago

    The City of London is excited to have your household participate in the 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 jcorby@london.ca or by calling 519-661-2489 ext. 5419.

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

    How does our household get started participating in the Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project?

    Once you receive your 20-bag starter kit, begin collecting acceptable materials. It's that easy!

    The starter kit includes a list of what’s acceptable or check the Acceptable Items tab of this website.

    Also review the items that are not acceptable in Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project and re-familiarize yourself with the Blue Box program to ensure that you put all recyclable plastics in the Blue Box and not in the Hefty® EnergyBag®.

    As an EnviroDepot household, what does our household do once our Hefty® orange bag is full?

    When the Hefty® orange bags are full, tie them securely closed and deliver them to your neighbourhood EnviroDepot.

    Ask the depot attendant to direct you to the Hefty® EnergyBag® drop off bins.

    Store your Hefty® orange bags until you are ready to make a trip with other acceptable items to the EnviroDepot. Don’t make a special trip.

    What City of London EnviroDepot locations are participating in the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project?

    Two of the City’s four EnviroDepots will be accepting the Hefty® EnergyBag® from participating households during the pilot project.

    • Oxford Street EnviroDepot - 1450 Oxford Street
    • Clarke Road South EnviroDepot - 28 Clarke Road

    Visit www.london.ca/envirodepot for hours of operation and the list of other items accepted at the depots.

    The depots accept a wide range of materials for recycling and reuse, so before you make a trip to drop off your Hefty® orange bags we suggest become familiar with what can be taken as you many have many items around your home.

    By using an EnviroDepot you will contribute to London’s waste diversion efforts and ensure that materials are recycled, reused or disposed of safely.

    What if our household puts the wrong materials in the Hefty® orange bag?

    While a bag containing only a few unacceptable items may not create an issue with end users, when these few items are combined with a few incorrect items from many other homes there is a negative impact of the final use of these materials.

    To ensure that the contents of the Hefty® orange bags are diverted from landfill it is important to follow instructions for what can be placed in the bags. Consult the list!


  • Curbside Household FAQ

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    6 months ago

    The City of London is excited to have your household participate in the 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 jcorby@london.ca or by calling 519-661-2489 ext. 5419

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

    How does our household get started?

    Once you receive your 20-bag starter kit, begin collecting those hard-to-recycle acceptable materials.

    The starter kid includes a list of what's acceptable to put in the Hefty® orange bags. You can also check the Acceptable Items tab of this website.

    Also, review the items that are NOT acceptable in Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project and re-familiarize yourself with the Blue Box program to ensure that you put all recyclable plastics in the Blue Box and not in the Hefty® orange bag.

    What do we do when the Hefty® orange bag is full?

    Once your Hefty® orange bag is full, tie it securely and place at the curbside on your regular recycling collection day. Place the bag in your Paper Blue Box or beside it.

    Please remember that these bags will be filled with light-weight materials so placing the Hefty® orange bag inside your Blue Box/Container or wedged between two of them will help avoid them being carried away by the wind.

    How will garbage collection know not to throw the Hefty® orange bags into their garbage trucks?

    Place the Hefty® orange bags in your Paper Blue Box (or next to it) to indicate that they belong with recycling and not garbage.

    Collection staff will know to look out for them and they will be collected by the recycling truck along with your recyclables.

    Is my household expected to put out the Hefty® orange bag out on every collection day?

    No.

    It is best to completely fill the Hefty® orange bag as much as you can, keeping in mind that you don’t want to overstuff and cause bag breakage at the curb.

    Maximize the use of the Hefty® orange bag by putting as much of the acceptable items as possible into it and completely fill it before placing out for collection.

    Is there a weight limit?

    The maximum weight per bag is 20kg (44lbs).

    What if our household puts the wrong material in the Hefty® orange bag?

    There is a risk that materials may not be collected if the bag is full of unacceptable items.

    While a bag containing only a few unacceptable items will not be left behind at the curbside, when these few items are combined with a few incorrect items from many other homes there is a negative impact of the final use of these materials. To ensure that the contents of the Hefty® orange bag are diverted from landfill it is important to follow instructions for what can be placed in the bags.

    Consult the list!

  • Multi-Residential Households FAQ

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    6 months ago

    The City of London is excited that we will be introducing an opportunity for multi-residential buildings to participate in the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project in early 2020.

    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 jcorby@london.ca or by calling 519-661-2489 ext. 5419

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

    When will the Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project start for multi-residential buildings?

    In early 2020 approximately 1,000 households in multi-residential buildings (about 10 buildings) will be invited to participate in Phase 2 of pilot project, when an additional 7,000 homes (including the multi-residential households) will be added.

    How do I get started in the Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project?

    Once you receive your 20-bag starter kit, begin collecting acceptable materials.

    The starter kit includes a list of what’s acceptable or you can check the Acceptable Items tab of this website.

    It is important also to review the items that are NOT acceptable in the Hefty® EnergyBag® program and re-familiarize yourself with the Blue Cart program to ensure that you put all recyclable plastics in the Blue Cart and not in the Hefty® orange bag.

    What do I do when the Hefty® orange bag is full?

    Once your bag is full, tie it securely closed and place at the curbside on collection day.

    Place the bags in a recycling cart (either a Container or Paper Cart).

    If the Carts are full, place the Hefty® orange bag beside the Cart. Because the materials are light-weight wedge it between two carts to avoid the bag being carried away by the wind.

    Maximize the use of the Hefty® orange bag by putting as much of your waste as possible (from the Acceptable Items list) into it and completely fill it before placing out for collection.

    Is there a weight limit?

    The maximum weight per bag is 20kg (44lbs).

    What if I put the wrong materials in the Hefty® orange bag?

    There is a risk that materials may not be collected, if the bag is full of unacceptable items.

    While a bag containing only a few unacceptable items will not be left behind at the curbside, when these few items are combined with a few incorrect items from many other homes there is a negative impact of the final use of these materials.

    To ensure that the contents of the Hefty® EnergyBag® are diverted from landfill it is important to follow instructions for what can be placed in the bags.

  • Where do the materials end up?

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    6 months ago

    Understanding Potential End Markets for the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project

    As a team, we have had many questions around what happens to the materials residents are placing out on the curb or dropping off at one of the City's EnviroDepot. Take a read below for more info on where these hard-to-recycle plastics end up.

    The Pilot Project is a recovery program that creates higher value materials and keeps materials out of landfill and is meant to work in conjunction with the City’s Blue Box program. It uses existing curbside recycling infrastructure to capture many plastic materials that can’t currently be recycled, supporting the further development of recycling and recovery end markets.

    There are generally four types of plastics recycling/recovery categories, listed and explained below. Potential end uses for the materials collected in the Hefty® orange bags in London fall into categories two through four below.

    • Mechanical Recycling
    • Mixed Plastics Recycling
    • Chemical or Molecular Recycling/Conversion Technologies
    • Solid Recovered Fuel

    Mechanical Recycling

    Mechanical recycling involves sorting, cleaning and shredding plastic to make pellets, which can then be fashioned into new products. This approach works very well if plastic items are sorted according to their chemical composition (e.g., polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene), as they are now in London. This activity will not change during the Pilot Project.

    Existing end markets in Ontario for plastics from London’s Blue Box/Blue Cart program include:

    • EFS Plastics (Listowel, Ontario)
    • Blue Mountains Plastics Recycling (Shelburne, Ontario)
    • ReVital Polymers (Sarnia, Ontario)

    The reality is not all plastics can be mechanically recycled (e.g., flexible plastic packaging and hard-to-recycle plastics) and it is these plastics which will be explored as part of the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project.

    The City of London generally follows the globally accepted Waste Management Hierarchy which promotes mechanical recycling and energy recovery as preferred options (in that order) before using its W12A Landfill.

    Mixed Plastics Recycling

    The Hefty® EnergyBag® team continues to collaborate and innovate with local manufacturers and recyclers to ensure that London’s Pilot Project, as well as Hefty® EnergyBag® programs across the United States, have suitable end-markets for the collected materials. The team is evaluating alternatives that include the manufacturing of durable composites that could be used as construction materials, plastic lumber, railroad ties, decking, siding, pallets, roads, fillers, outdoor furniture and concrete aggregate in building blocks.

    Existing and/or potential local end-markets for hard-to-recycle plastics from London’s Pilot Project include:

    • Composite plastic lumber, outdoor furniture
    • Aggregates for incorporation into concrete blocks

    Chemical or Molecular Recycling / Conversion Technologies

    When mechanical recycling end-markets are not available, chemical or molecular recycling/conversion technologies that turn plastic into energy sources or feedstock for fuels and products will be used. This a revolutionary new recycling technology that de-polymerizes the plastic returning it to its original molecules so that it can be recycled to infinity.

    There are generally two different technologies used - pyrolysis and gasification.

    In pyrolysis, plastic waste is heated (not combusted or burned) in the absence of oxygen to produce liquid mixtures that are like synthetic crude oil. This can be further refined into transportation fuels and potentially into chemical feedstocks and basic chemical elements that could be used to make new virgin polymers/plastics.

    Gasification involves heating the waste plastic with air or steam to produce valuable industrial gas mixtures called synthesis gas, or “syngas.” This can then be used to produce fuels, fuel additives or valuable chemicals such as ethanol and methanol.

    Pyrolysis and gasification are alternative processes to directly combusting (burning) the plastic. Conversion technologies are chemical reactions and have very low emissions. They do not use direct combustion like energy-from-waste (EFW) and have much lower emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides than EFW combustion.

    The main goal of energy-from-waste (EFW) is to dramatically reduce the volume of materials that would require landfilling. The heat released from EFW is used to produce steam to drive a turbine and generate electricity but this is really a by-product of the process.

    Pyrolysis and gasification produce electricity, fuels and and ultimately chemicals to make new plastics. These processes provide additional options for extending the life of valuable plastics other than EFW.

    Solid Recovered Fuel

    Hard-to-recycle plastics can be used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement. The embedded energy value of plastics offset the use of virgin fossil fuel sources such as coal and coke.

    The materials collected via the Hefty® EnergyBag® program in other locations have proven suitable as solid recovered fuel given its high heat value. The materials collected can also be compressed into solid fuel pellets or flakes.

    Contact

    If your organization has a recovery or conversion solution, manufacturing process or a mixed plastic recycling solution that could use materials collected in the Hefty® EnergyBag® pilot project and you would like to be considered, please email Jesus Atias. Dow, North America Sustainability Manager | Packaging & Specialty Plastics.

    In Summary

    The Hefty® EnergyBag® program is demonstrating that households can sort out hard-to-recycle materials and recover these valuable resources instead of letting them go to waste in a landfill. There are existing and developing end-markets for flexible plastic packaging and hard-to-recycle plastics. Growing this end-market potential – mixed plastics recycling, to recovering the energy value and/or making the most of each molecule – is part of London’s goal to advance a more circular economy and is a key component of the London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project.

    These details will be updated as more information on end markets becomes available.

  • Acceptable Items?

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    6 months ago

    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
    • Plastic overwrap (like that found on cases of pop, toilet paper or paper towel)
    • Food storage and sandwich 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 milk bags - inner and outer
    • 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.

  • Pilot Project Partners

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    6 months ago

    The London Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project could not happen without many partners.