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Trash Bags 101

Trash Bag Information

A Guide to Trash Bags

Polyethylene Trash Bags- The most common form of trash bags available today. Polyethylene trash bags are petroleum-based products that are preferred because of their strength and tear resistance. The most common form of polyethylene trash bags are made from low-density polyethylene. Some trash bags are made from high-density polyethylene for other applications. Both types of trash bags come in a wide variety of sizes and strengths. Below is a chart showing the characteristics of each kind of trash bag.

Trash Bag Material Puncture Resistance Tear Resistance Load Capacity
Low-Density Polyethylene Trash Bags Good Excellent Good
High-Density Polyethylene Trash Bags Excellent Good Excellent

How are Trash Bags Made?

  1. Polyethylene resin pellets are poured into large hoppers.
  2. An extruder melts and presses the polyethylene.
  3. A die forms the polyethylene into a ring.
  4. The ring is then blown into a bubble.
  5. The bubble is collapsed into a flat tube.
  6. Rolls pull the film from the die.
  7. The tubes are divided into multiple webs.
  8. The tubes are reinflated into a bubble again.
  9. From the second bubble, bags are cut to size.
  10. Then the bottom of the bags is sealed & separated.
  11. Trash Bags are folded.
  12. They are then stacked and inserted into the packaging.

Trash Bag Colors, Sizes, and Uses

Trash bags come in a variety of colors, but the most commonly used colors are black, white, tan, and clear. Many other colors such as blue, red, green, etc. are used for identification purposes.

Many people choose to use clear trash bags to help them identify any object in the bag that may need to be recycled or saved instead of discarded. At many events, the trash can liners will be clear to help identify any potential threats or materials that should not be discarded.

Other people and companies choose to use opaque trash bags for the opposite reason people use clear bags. They do not want people to see the contents of the bag. Opaque bags can also help detour UV rays from breaking down the contents of the bag. Others choose to use an opaque bag, so they do not have to see the waste contents inside.

Trash Bag Sizes- As you can see from our trash bag product page, there are a variety of sizes and thicknesses of trash bags. We conveniently have them broken down into three categories for quick and easy selection. The categories are regular duty trash bags, super tuff trash bags, and super heavy-duty trash bags. Below is a chart of the three main trash bag categories we have on our product pages and common uses for each trash bag.

Trash Bag Categories Common Uses
Regular Duty Trash Bags Daily household, office, and warehouse use. The largest 56-gallon trash bags can hold up to 40 lbs. of dry weight. The standard 8-10 gallon bag can hold up to 10 lbs. of dry weight.
Super Tuff Trash Bags Ideal for industrial applications, all sizes are capable of handling a dry weight load of 55 lbs. They offer superior tear and puncture resistance.
Super Heavy Duty Trash Bags Commonly used by contractors because of the strength and the ability to withstand punctures. All sizes are capable of handling a dry load weight up to 65 lbs.

Environmentally Friendly Trash Bags

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping is proud to provide affordable, environmentally friendly trash bags at an affordable price. Although polyethylene trash bags are recyclable, studies show only a small percentage of them are recycled. Our environmentally friendly trash bags are designed to reduce into compost with the contents of the bag.

In the right environment, these trash bags are designed to turn into compost within 90 days. They still offer proven strength and tear resistance while remaining earth-friendly. Made from ecoflex plastic, these bags are designed to maintain the integrity of polyethylene bags while remaining completely biodegradable.

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