Kick Clutter to the Curb: Your Go-to Guide to Choosing the Right Trash Bag


Go to your nearest office-style trash container (one you would find by a desk) and give it a quick inspection. How much of the bag is hanging over the top of the can? Is there additional material at the bottom? If the liner is sized correctly, there should be little to no additional material at the bottom of the can. The liner should also fit tightly at the top of the can with ~ 1 inch of overlap on the outside of the can.


Most trash containers are outfitted with the wrong size bag, causing an overspend in material. In fact, American businesses generate approximately 90 million tons of municipal solid waste annually and use 175 to 350 billion trash bags to collect, store, and transport this waste. Not surprisingly, trash bags are commodities that are often taken for granted and frequently misused, leading to waste and increased maintenance expenses.


Imagine what you could save by investing in smaller, more appropriately sized trash bags throughout your home or office. That’s where we fit in ― we’re here to help you sort through what to consider, so you can kick clutter to the curb in a more cost-efficient, practical way.




Bottom Seal



Thinner bags, such as HDPE bags, are generally more flexible and can stretch to accommodate more material. Thick bags, like LLDPE bags, are needed when puncture and tear resistance are critical.


Microns are used to measure the thickness of high density trash bags, while mils are used to measure the thickness of low density trash bags. 1 mil equals 25.4 microns.



Receptacle Fit

Determining the correct trash bag for the can or job at hand will not only help save on material costs by eliminating wasted bags not suitable for the work, but also on upfront costs due to improper sizing.


Armed with the knowledge to kick clutter to the curb in a more efficient way? We can supply that.® Explore our full line of Global Industrial™ trash bag liners here: Our Collection of Trash Bags Liners


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