Getting the Liner Right is Important

Trash receptacle liners fill a pretty basic set of purposes - keep the actual receptacles clean and fresh, carry the waste to the dumpster and contain the waste at the landfill so it does not blow around or attract scavengers.

CLEAN, CARRY, CONTAIN.

If everyone had the same type of trash, it would end there with one liner type in various sizes. The chart above covers the variety of liner types available from PUR-O-ZONE - many stocking, some special order - and explains their general features and composition.

TRASH TYPE CONSIDERATIONS

  • If your trash is wet and therefore heavier, some level of low-density linear bag may be appropriate. Low-density stretches with weight and is generally the most puncture-resistant type. Linear low-density is an improvement on that formula, and Super Hexene even more so.
  • If your trash has sharp edges, you may also find low density a good choice. High density liners hold more for a given thickness, but they are less resistant to being punctured.
  • More bag for your buck. High-density liners have a crisper feel and are lighter in weight to do the same job. They are less expensive, in general, than low-density bags designed for doing the same work. 
  • Strength - If you are lifting watebaskets filled with paper from desks, then a very light liner is perfect and the most economical. If you are lifting from a 55-gallon Brute, and the container was outside a cafeteria, you may need one of the strongest liners in that size available.

That is where the chart above comes in. It may help you plan. Generally speaking, all liners are improving over their equivalents from even a few years ago. Manufacturing is competitive and advances are common. 

TIP: Remember that low density liner thickness is specified in mils and high density in microns. Although most of us cannot visualize the thickness of a mil or a micron, after experience with a 6-micron small receptacle liner (for example) and a 22-micron heavy duty Brute liner, the relative weights and strengths begin to make more sense.