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How to Choose The Right Garbage Bag?

With so many types of garbage bags available on the market, it’s not easy to choose the right ones that fit your requirements.

Many of us end up making the wrong choice; as a result, wasting money on garbage bags when we could have saved more.

In this article, you will learn what garbage bags are used for and the 7 main factors to consider when making a purchase.

7 Tips to Choose The Right Garbage Bag

The following tips will simplify your selection process and allow you to make the right choice for a garbage bag.


1. Size

Not finding the garbage bag that can fit the size of the rubbish bin can be frustrating. To help users match the exact size of their rubbish bin, garbage bag manufacturers in Malaysia distinguish garbage bags based on length, width, and weight capacity.

The measurements are indicated on the packaging of the garbage bags. To find out the size of your rectangular or square rubbish bin, you need to first measure its length and width.

Let’s assume the length is 14 inches, you should add 3 inches on the sides of the bin to be used for wrapping the garbage bag when it is full. If you are using a round-shaped bin, you can measure its diameter and then multiply it with pi (3.14).

In terms of weight capacity, the smallest garbage bags can carry about 20-25 litres while the largest ones can hold between 350-370 litres.


2. Thickness

The thickness of a garbage bag is dependent on the type of garbage it will accommodate. It is measured in mils, i.e. 0.001 of an inch. HDPE trash can liner is ideal for a standard kitchen to hold food leftovers, used teabags and other kitchen garbage.

But for a remodelling project, a thicker bag (LDPE trash can liners) that can prevent punctures from shattered items such as glass should be used.

LDPE stands for Low-density polyethylene. They are thick, made from high-quality resins, and can easily resist puncture and tear.

These bags are thicker and fall between 0.9 mil to 6.0 mil. HDPE stands for High-density polyethylene. They are manufactured by subjecting high molecular density resins to low pressures to produce tightly-packed molecules.

These bags are thinner because less plastic is used in the production. They are measured in microns. 1micron = 0.001mm.


3. Stretch

There are some cases where you need a garbage bag that will stretch to carry a heavier load other than withstand punctures.

Consider a high-density bag to collect papers and other light items in the office.


4. Closure type

Garbage bags can be useful with or without closure. For example, garbage bags suppliers/garbage manufacturers in Malaysia, such as Teong Chuan Plastic (M) Sdn Bhd provides garbage bags with and without a closure for users to handle the garbage better.

Garbage bags with a closure usual come with an easy tie, drawstring, twist tie, etc.  


5. Odour

Many garbage bags come with odour-concealing features. Consider this tip if you intend to use the garbage bags to dispose of smelly rubbish such as seafood or chemicals.


6. Colour

Garbage bags are available in different colours such as black, white, blue, green etc. Black garbage bags are the most common as they can fit into almost all types of rubbish bins.

Choose black garbage bags if you want to keep your rubbish discrete. On the other hand, white garbage bags are almost transparent; this makes them an ideal choice if you wish to categorize your rubbish into types.


7. Price

Since garbage bags are made with plastic, they are rather inexpensive. Certainly, the price may increase based on thickness and size, but still, the difference is usually minimal.

Price becomes a factor if you are purchasing garbage bags in large quantities. You could end up saving a few ringgits with thinner bags instead of the thick ones if you don’t need them.

So here you go, the factors to consider when choosing your garbage bags. For further information, please feel free to get in touch with our specialists.