Living and doing business in an environmentally friendly manner is an all-or-nothing sort of thing, at least that’s what we preach! When it comes to doing what you can to reduce your impact or environmental “footprint”, especially in the case of garbage, waste, and recyclables, it’s important to know what you’re doing so that you’re not wasting your time, no pun intended.
Unlike at home, your office, facility, or workplace will have larger, different colored waste bins. Apart from the differing colors, the symbols and/or writing on these bins should indicate their purpose. People for the most part place their waste in the appropriate bin given the resources and direction. Did you know, though, that without the correct trash liner in your bin, your efforts could be in vain? Here’s why understanding the correct trash liner for your bin is important for the environment:
Trash Liners: The Seal
One way to identify the type of liner that’s appropriate for your intended use is the type of seal on the bottom of the liner. For example, gusset seal liners should not be used for any sort of liquid or wet waste because they’re leaky!
Trash Liners: Types
Liners are generally categorized by their density, or thickness. High density liners are used ideally for light-weight waste and are commonly used in bathrooms and offices. Low density liners are ideal for heavier, possibly wet waste, are somewhat stretchy and resistant to tearing, and come in a range of thicknesses. Ultra heavy low density liners are made specific for heavy waste and are very stretchy and resistant to tears, and are considerably thicker than regular low density liners.
Trash Liners: Size & Use
Selecting the right type of liner, based on how you intend to use it, and size of liner, based on the size of your trash bins, is critical. Why? First, if you have large, heavy, sharp and otherwise difficult-to-dispose waste and you bought the wrong liner, you may need to double or triple bag your waste. This is a waste of money, and the extra liners themselves add to the volume of waste which is a strain to the environment. Similarly, buying liners that are too big for your bin means the surplus liner on each bag adds to the amount of waste that’s disposed of. Remember, the less, the better for the environment!
Trash Liners: A Handy Guide
We’ve gone over a few of the broader aspects of trash bin liners, and while you should be much better off selecting the correct liner for your bins, it’s always helpful to have a comprehensive, easily accessible guide for reference. A well known brand in the industry, Heritage Bag’s Can Liner Guide is a great resource available to everyone online. You’ll find it goes into much greater detail, and for the environment’s sake, the more you know about and apply towards your trash bin liner selection and usage, the better!