Stop Throwing Away Money With the Wrong Can Liner

As a food service operator, choosing the right garbage bag for your business is more critical than you may think.

As a food service operator, choosing the right garbage bag for your business is more critical than you may think. Not only do you want a bag that can handle the amount of waste your operation produces, but you also want to ensure that they won’t leak or tear easily. With so many different types of garbage bags available, it can be challenging to determine which one is the best fit, and most cost-effective for your operation’s needs.

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Before choosing a garbage bag, it is important to assess what you have currently, and if there are any issues that need to be addressed. Are there excessive containers in an area? Or too many different container types? Are there ill-fitting garbage bags – either too short, too wide, too long or too thin? Are the staff double bagging? Answering these questions will help you identify the right bag, as well as use less plastic, save money and reduce labour costs.

Choosing the Correct Resin

What type of waste is going into the bag? Sharp objects? Heavy materials? A heavy duty bag can handle sharp objects or heavy loads. Look for Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) or LLDPE with Super Hexene Blend. If you determine you need a dependable bag for non-sharp, heavy or wet trash, look for High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bags. If versatility in handling average to moderately heavy loads is what you need, Linear Low Density Polyethylene should be your choice. Finally if you are looking for a bag made with reprocessed resin, choose the Reprocessed Linear Low Density Polyethylene bags.

Size Considerations

Choosing the right size garbage bag is one of the most important decisions when it comes to saving money and reducing plastic usage. Measure your container using these formulas to determine the proper fit.

Linear Width: Use one-half of the outer circumference of the container.

Linear Length: Use the height of the container, plus one-half the diameter of the container, plus three inches (for overhang). For square or rectangular containers, use the diagonal or the container bottom.

The Right Gauge

The question here is how is waste transported to the dumpster. This is important to determine bag thickness. If the receptacle is taken directly to the dumpster and then emptied, a thinner bag may be acceptable. If the bag is removed from the receptacle and then carried to the dumpster, a thicker garbage bag may be needed.


While the colour of your garbage bag may seem like a minor consideration, it can actually be an essential factor in maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of your operation. Black garbage bags are the most common and the most economical, but they can make it difficult to see the contents of the trash, which can lead to overfilling or the disposal of hazardous materials. Clear garbage bags are a good choice if you want to be able to see the contents of your trash and identify potential problems before they become bigger issues. However, clear bags may not be the best choice if you have a lot of food waste, as they can be unappetizing to customers. Other considerations would include segregating recycling from landfill waste, and if there are government regulations regarding waste disposal.

Choosing the right garbage bag for your operation requires careful consideration of size, strength, material, and colour. By taking these factors into account, you can select a garbage bag that meets your needs and helps keep your kitchen clean and organized.

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