Hefty® EnergyBag™ Now Available to Buy at Selected Hy-Vee Stores

Hefty® EnergyBag™ are now available for residents to purchase at selected Hy-Vee stores across the Omaha region. Participating Hy-Vees include:

  • Hy-Vee #2 14591 Stony Brook Blvd
  • Hy-Vee #3 8809 W Center Road
  • Hy-Vee #6 9707 Q Street
  • Hy-Vee #9 17810 Welch Plaza
  • Hy-Vee #11 1000 S. 178th Street
  • Hy-Vee Papillion 11650 S 73rd Street

The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program is a groundbreaking initiative that collects previously non-recycled plastics – like the candy wrappers and juice pouches you’ve always throw away –  at curbside and converts them into valuable energy resources.

The Hefty® EnergyBag™ Program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of plastics ending up in landfill.

Since the program was implemented, more than 19,500 bags in the Omaha area have been collected. This is equivalent to 10.8 tons of plastic – or 8.6 million snack-sized chip bags, diverted from landfill.

For more information on the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program or if you would prefer to buy your bags online, please click here


First Star Wins Nebraska Recycling Council 2017 Waste Diversion Project of the Year

Jeff Heck, Sales Manager - First Star Recycling accepting award from Julie Diegel, CEO - Nebraska Recycling Council

Nebraska Recycling Council awarded First Star Recycling with the 2017 Award for Waste Diversion Project of the Year Award.  We are honored to receive this award in recognition for our work with the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program.

The Waste Diversion Project of the Year Award is presented to a business, community, or organization for a project that demonstrates measurable waste reduction and/or creates a closed loop system for recycling or reuse.

For more information on our work with the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program, see the video from the awards below or click here

Baseball Fans Can Now Convert Previously Non-Recycled Plastics into Energy Through Revolutionary Waste Management Program

Baseball Fans Can Now Convert Previously Non-Recycled Plastics into Energy Through Revolutionary Waste Management Program

Fans visiting TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will now notice something new on the concourse this year – a new way to recycle their garbage. Throughout the ballpark, fans will see bright orange EnergyBags™, a unique waste management process designed to convert previously non-recycled plastics into energy.

Baseball fans can now dispose of previously non-recycled plastics – including chip bags, candy bar wrappers and peanut bags – in bins containing Hefty® EnergyBag™ bright orange bags.

“The sponsors of the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program are collaborating with the operators of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha as its first foray into the world of sports,” said Han Zhang, Ph.D., Sustainability and Advocacy Manager for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “We look forward to introducing a new form of waste management at sporting events.”

Stadium staff and local haulers will collect the bright orange bags from regular recycling bins and carts. A local First Star Recycling facility will sort the bags and send them to Systech Environmental Corporation, which will then convert the bags and their contents into energy used to produce cement. The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is made possible through a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Reynolds Consumer Products and First Star Recycling.

“MECA is excited to be part of this collaboration to help baseball fans visiting the ballpark prevent unnecessary landfill waste,” said Roger Dixon, MECA President/CEO. “We’re always searching for ways to make our facilities more environmentally friendly and we think this unique program is a great addition to our current recycling efforts.”  Since launching in the Omaha area in September 2016, the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program has expanded from 6,000 to 8,500 households. As of June 2017, the program has collected more than 12,000 bags, diverting more than six tons of plastic previously destined for landfills. To learn more about the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program, visit www.HeftyEnergyBag.com.

First Star is honored with Greater Omaha Business Excellence Award

Firstar Fiber Corporation (dba First Star Recycling) is honored to be among this year’s Greater Omaha Business Excellence Award recipients.  The awards, from The Greater Omaha Chamber, celebrate companies who dedicate themselves to excellence and help make Greater Omaha a more vibrant place to do business, work and live.  The awards celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 4-6 p.m. at Embassy Suites Omaha, La Vista



Firstar would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other winners, some of who are also valued customers of Firstar:

All Makes
Bank of the West
Banyan Medical Systems
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
Cargill Blair
CHI Health
College of Saint Mary
CQuence Health Group
Food Bank for the Heartland
Home Instead Senior Care
McGrath North
MCL Construction
Midwest Laboratories Inc.
OBI Creative
Outlook Nebraska
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
Project Harmony
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Visiting Nurse Association
White Castle Roofing

Small Business of the Year: North End Teleservices, LLC.