Some Thoughts About Trash Can Liners

What makes a good trash can liner good?  For over 15 years I’ve helped people who come in to our cleaning supply facility find the exact product that they’re looking for. From repeated feedback and just generally spending the time to talk to out customers I have found that when people buy can liners they buy it because they have individual needs and they’re looking for the perfect can liner for their application.  There is a lot of information and terminology in the trash bag industry and so there should be because there are hundreds of different types of can liners.  Trash can liners are packaged in different ways and be made of different materials.  Trash can liners also come in many colors but the main colors in the cleaning industry are black, clear and tan.  Usually other colors of trash can liners convey a specific use for that liner; a great example of this is that red trash can liners are usually used in health care facilities.  Trash can liner size is probably the most important factor when purchasing a trash can liner.  When you fit your trash can liner into your waste container the trash bag should fit tightly to the top of the waste container without stretching it and the bottom of the can liner should reach all the way to the bottom of the waste container.  Trash can liners also come in may different types of packaging.  Some of these types of packing include rolled trash can liners, rolled coreless can liners and loose flat pack.  The last trait of a can liner you should be concerned about is type of plastic the can liner is made from.  The two main types of grades of trash can liners is linear low density trash can liners and high density trash can liners.

When choosing a color for your trash can liner take a look at what you are going to use the trash can liner for.  Black trash can liners are great for concealing garbage and are generally used for everyday trash. Clear trash can liners are usually required by law and ordinances in some cities for recycling products.  Clear liners ensure that the contents of the bag is recyclable just by looking at the full bag.  Most clear trash can liners are classed as a linear low density liner.

The size of the trash bag is very important.  A trash can that is to small for your waste receptacle can tear when you are fitting it in.  If the trash can liner does not reach all the way to the bottom of your receptacle it can  break under the weight of the garbage in it.  A liner that is to large can easily slip all the way into the waste receptacle and be lost in the garbage as it is filled up with trash.  To be sure that your are purchasing a trash bag that is the right size for your waste receptacles you should check with the manufacturer specs of your waste container for exact dimensions.

The way a trash can liner is packaged is also a consideration to be taken when purchasing them.  Flat pack can liners are packaged separately and then folded into a rectangular box.  Flat pack liners are great when you are purchasing large volumes of trash can liners because they can be easily stacked.  Roll trash bags are perfect for janitor carts or trash can liner wall dispensers.  Some roll trash can liners are joined by a perforation on the roll and are torn from the roll gently when you get one.  Coreless can liners are rolled into rolls without a core.  These trash can liners are great if your trying to save space.

The two main types or classes of toilet paper are linear low density and high density.  Linear low density liners stretch when you press against the plastic.  This type of trash can liner is great for regular indoor garbage that is light weight and does not contain and sharp materials.  Linear low density liners are for the most part is more water resistant and have a tighter seal at the bottom of the liner. High density liners are made from a thicker plastic that has much less stretching capacity than linear low density trash can liners.  High density liners are great for large and heavy objects and larger waste containers.

Overall, when purchasing a trash can liner make sure it is made by a reputable company and don’t be afraid to ask if the manufacturer has had any recent defective bags.  From my past experience at least 1 in every one hundred cases of trash bags is usually defective.

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