Cost Savings? It’s In The Bag!

Did you know trash can liners can amount to 20-25% of your overall spend?

The first step in any sustainability program is to reduce consumption through efficiency measures. Reducing the energy necessary to constantly change liners by ensuring you’re using correctly sized liners, consolidating liner and receptacle stock, and conducting a waste assessment are all ways to make your facility more sustainable and save on cost. Although the process of waste reduction can seem mundane and isn’t a cure-all, it’s an essential part of the process of enhancing sustainability.

To select the proper can liner, it’s important to think about what’s going into your bag. If a sharp object is going into your bag it’s best to choose a linear low-density bag that’s more resistant to ripping. These bags handle a lower capacity than high-density bags so it’s important to remember what applications the bag will be used for. High-density bags are good for higher loads but less resistant to tearing especially once they’re punctured (by plastic eating utensils, industrial waste, etc.).

Determine the correct liner size in gallons or dimensions, estimate how much weight will be going to the bag, and use a dimension guide based on the amount a receptacle can hold if needed. For example, if you have a rectangular receptacle in the bathroom that is 24”x18”x46” (l x w x h) and will mostly be used for paper towels, it’s best to use a 42×61 high-density star seal style bag. This makes sure there is little to no chance for tearing and this type of bag maximizes carrying capacity while nearly eliminating leaks.

To learn more you can visit colonialbag.com and refer to their training manual. Ask your sales professional about ways we can help assist with a waste assessment which will help set clear measurable goals to prevent waste and establish recycling programs.