City of Boise Plans Voucher Program to Avoid EnergyBag Delivery Hiccups in 2019 

Since the City of Boise rolled out its Hefty EnergyBag recycling program in May of 2018, citizens have used it to send more 190 tons of plastics to Salt Lake City to be turned into biofuels, filling about 275,000 individual bags. That popularity has pushed the city's Public Works department to look for a more efficient way than mass delivery to help the public restock its supply of EnergyBags for 2019.

click to enlarge LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
The solution, according to a memo sent out to the Public Works Commission from residential recycling program head Peter McCullough, could be a voucher program, which should ensure citizens get their free rolls of 26 bags without the delivery snafus of last year. In the summer of 2018, due to what McCullough called "logistical errors," a private contractor hired to deliver roughly 74,000 rolls of energy bags skipped entire neighborhoods and deposited single bags, rather than full rolls, at some households.

The voucher program will also cement the program's connection with Albertsons, which is already selling rolls of EnergyBags to people who went through their initial 26 at a faster pace than the average.

"The Hefty EnergyBag vouchers will allow residents to get a free roll of 26 bags at a participating store," wrote Public Works spokeswoman Natalie Monro in an email. "Albertsons is currently carrying the bags, and other local stores are working with the vendor to supply bags as well. We will keep an updated list of participating stores on our website at curbitboise.org/recycling. We hope that our residents continue to engage in the Hefty EnergyBag program. Our aim is for the vouchers to allow us to do a better job of delivering to our residents, and that we will avoid distributing bags to customers that don’t wish to participate in this voluntary program."

Keep an eye on the CurbIt website for more details on when the vouchers will go out, and how to redeem them. The vouchers will be released beginning in April and ending in May.
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