Garbage Bag Selector Guide


When it comes to the world of garbage bags, there are so many choices! Density, size, strength and colour are all features you need to consider when determining which bag is right for your application. Let us help you to navigate the various choices and help you determine which bag is right for you!

1. SELECT THE RIGHT BAG TYPE FOR YOUR APPLICATION

Linear Low Density

  • Excellent tear strength, stretch and puncture resistance
  • Ideal for heavy waste and sharp or jagged trash
  • Available in flat and star bottom

High Density

  • Limited tear strength and stretch
  • Ideal for wet, bulky trash; not recommended for sharp objects

 2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE

Bag Width

  • Use 1/2 of the outer circumference of the container

Bag Length

  • The height of the container plus 1/2 of the diameter of the container bottom, plus 3” (for overhang).
  • For square or rectangular containers, use the diagonal of the container bottom rather than the diameter.

3. DETERMINE THE REQUIRED BAG STRENGTH

How much does the liner need to hold?

  • Typically, the thicker the bag the more weight it can hold
  • Liners are identified as light, medium, heavy and extra-heavy

4. CHOOSE A COLOUR

Opaque

  • Hide unsightly trash

Silver or coloured

  • Great for aesthetics

Clear

  • Prevent theft and/or recycling

Now that you’ve learned about the difference in garbage bags, you can confidently select the right bag for you!  

Proper Waste Disposal at the Office


Properly Disposing of Waste at Office

If your workplace is like ours, you go through a lot of waste. That means, between lunches, office supplies and old electronics, you’re sending a lot of garbage to already over-burdened landfills.

Meanwhile, at home, many of us have made changes. We’re becoming waste-conscious, recycling and composting, even adopting zero- and low-waste lifestyles.

How can that translate to the office? Through more conscious day-to-day choices, you can easily reduce your office’s environmental impact. Here’s a guide to get you there.

Old electronics

Have any ancient PCs collecting dust at your office? Don’t throw them in the dumpster! Already, 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year. These items contain valuable materials that can be re-used to create new products. But they can be tricky to dispose of.

Luckily, there are businesses out there to help you bridge the gap. These differ across provinces and territories. For example, in Ontario, Best Buy accepts things like old computers, TVs, phones and batteries. You can also opt for a service through the Electronic Products Recycling Association, like Recycle my Electronics.

Toner and ink

Here, many local suppliers have you covered. Check to see if you can return your cartridges where you buy them.

Paper and Cardboard

Cardboard and paper can be recycled four-to-five times without loss of quality or strength. Still, it’s important to recycle each of them properly.

Cardboard is naturally biodegradable so, if you have your own compost at the office, this can be shredded and tossed in. Otherwise, for non-soiled cardboard, recycling is your best bet. Break down boxes and large pieces, and tie them together into a tight bundle when you leave them at the curb.

The recycling bin is your best destination for most paper. Even sticky notes, which you may have wondered about, are usually recyclable. Local recycling plants are able to remove the adhesive. But, stop before you throw away that soiled napkin! Keep reading for tips on proper disposal of food waste.

Food waste

Most paper in the office will be bound for the recycling bin, but soiled paper is a different story. Greasy paper plates and used napkins can be composted along with most food items.