OCT 12, 2022 • BY DAVID T. •
A trash can is an essential part of any business, but picking out the right size bag for it can be tricky. When choosing what to use as your bags you need consider several things: like how much space am I filling up with my garbage, what type of garbage are you putting in the bag, and what type of plastic do I need to use? These and other factors may come into play when choosing the correct trash bag and these tips below should give you a starting point making your decisions on what works best for your application easier.
There are several sizes of garbage cans you might have around your office or place of work. For example, the 23-gallon Slim Jim style trash can would be a common size and style that could be found in break rooms and or bathrooms. For this specific garbage can you would use a 40" x 46" size trash bag, This size bag will perfectly fit the garbage can style with an extra 4 inches hanging off each side in order for it all fits inside properly and leaving you with enough plastic to tie the ends together properly able to close the trash bag shut. The size also does not give you a lot of excess plastic which to good for the environment and for your pocket book.
If you're looking for the best type of plastic to use based on your bagging application, this article will help you distinguish between the two types with examples of their intended use. There are two main types of plastics trash bags are made from; low-density linear polyethylene (LDPE) and high density (HDPE). The pros of each type of plastic resin depend on which type or kind of garbage will end up inside the bags. Let's take a closer look at how each type of plastic performs depending on the type of garbage you will be putting inside the bags.
Trash receptacles usually have a gallon capacity or size printed on the bottom of it. The first number in our bag measurements is the width of the open end/top of the bag when it is laid flat. This would be half of the circumference. The next measurement is the length of the bag from top to bottom.
Example: a 38” x 58” bag will have a 76” (38” x 2) circumference and a top to bottom measure of 58”. Use these methods for determining the circumference of your trash container to see what trash bag would work best. Keep in mind that you can have a longer or taller trash bag than the trash can, but you really do not want your bags to go shorter, as they will fall inside your container.
Math Formula For Round or Square Trash Can To Find The Correct Bag Size
There is nothing worse than removing a full trash can liner from a garbage can and having the bottom of the bag split open because of its weight. Which brings us to the last step in choosing the correct trash bag, how much weight does the bag need to hold? The strength of a garbage bag is determined by many factors such as the type of plastic it was manufactured with and the bag's mil or micron (its thickness). Another important factor in the strength of a garbage can liner is the type of seal used. The seal refers to the method used to seal the bottom of a trash can liner. There are three styles of trash bag seals.
To help you get an idea of the maximum weight for common trash bags sizes we have put together the below handy chart the show the maximum dry weigh of a trash bag when you know the bags measurements (length and width) its thickness (mil’s) and gallon size (bag capacity.
|Size||MIL Thickness||Gallon||Load (Dry Weight)|
|20" X 21"||.35||7||7 lbs.|
|24" X 23"||.35||8-10||10 lbs.|
|24" X 32"||.35||12-16||10 lbs.|
|30" X 36"||.5||20-30||20 lbs.|
|30" X 36"||.7||20-30||30 lbs.|
|33" X 39"||.5||33||20 lbs.|
|33" X 39"||.65||33||40 lbs.|
|36" X 58"||.7||55||40 lbs.|
|38" X 58"||.7||60||30 lbs.|
|38" X 58"||.55||60||40 lbs.|
|40" X 46"||.5||40-45||30 lbs.|
|40" X 46"||.7||40-45||30 lbs.|
|43" X 47"||.7||56||40 lbs.|