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Rubbish Bags & Bin Liners

Whether you choose to use traditional or eco-friendly bin bags & liners, we can offer you the best products at the best prices. As Europe's leading supplier of office accessories and facilities, we don't leave any detail to chance, so you'll find an extensive selection of waste management solutions on our website. Should you need your rubbish bags tomorrow, we offer a range of next-working-day delivery options, so you can get rid of your rubbish without wasting precious time. 

Which bin bag do I need? 

For many, choosing the right rubbish bags & bin liners can be a little tricky. Those disposing of with paperwork or office waste will need different qualities from their refuse sacks than those getting rid of industrial waste. The thing to look out for is how many microns each bag carries. As a rule of thumb, the higher the number of microns or gauge, the more durable the bag is likely to be. If you're finding it confusing as to which rubbish bags & liners are going to be the best for the job, then here's our handy, at-a-glance guide: 

  • 25 microns (or 100 gauge) is typical of light-duty bin bags & liners. These are usually used for lightweight refuse, such as minimal paperwork or food disposal.
  • 30 microns (120 gauge) dustbin bags & liners tend to be what you might consider 'standard' liners. These will take midweight levels of waste without splitting. Think of the strength and weight of your average bin liner, and you're on the right track.
  • 40 microns (140) gauge dustbin bags are designed to deal with everyday waste. Usually, these offer the strength and durability of a standard black bin bag.
  • 40 microns (160bgauge). While these might be the same gauge as those coping with everyday waste, those extra 20 microns mean they'll cope with medium weights of domestic waste.
  • 50 microns (200 gauge) bags are designed for commercial refuse. While we’re not talking rubble, these will cheerfully hold large quantities of cardboard, polystyrene, cans, and plastic.
  • 75 microns (300 gauge). These bags tend to be used for heavier-duty domestic duties, such as getting rid of garden waste.
  • 125 microns (500 gauge). Bags of this gauge are most suitable for getting rid of industrial or building waste. If you’re looking for rubble sacks, look for bin bags & liners of this structural density.

It’s worth noting that, while you might buy dustbin bags & liners with the highest levels of microns, if you're getting rid of sharp refuse, such as broken glass, there's still the potential for them to rip and tear. If you're disposing of waste with jagged edges, it's best to wrap them in something heavy before putting them in your dustbin bag. 

What is polyethylene? 

When it comes to choosing rubbish bags & bin liners that are better for the environment, it’s better to avoid those made from polyethylene. Polyethylene is a resin that, once it’s heated, forms plastic. In the manufacture of bin bags & liners, three types of polyethylene are used: 

  • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE). This level of resin is used to create more flexible dustbin bin bags & liners, such as those used to dispose of food waste.
  • Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). Bags made from this grade of polyethylene are designed to be stronger than their LDPE counterparts without too much sacrifice of flexibility.
  • High-density polyethylene. Bags made from resin of this density are most suited to heavy-duty refuse management. Stiffer and stronger than bags packing fewer microns, you can expect to use them to get rid of the likes of rubble and industrial waste.

Going green 

However, when it comes to polyethylene, there are those who need to weigh up all its practical benefits against its impact on the environment. While polyethylene bin bags & liners are cost-effective and functional, they can take some time to degrade. Eco-friendly bin bags & liners offer all the advantages of their standard cousins, but rather than relying on plastic to get the job done, they employ the green credentials of plant starches, such as those derived from corn or potatoes. We offer a wide selection of eco-friendly bin liners and bags, which are just as reliable as standard bags but have a much lower impact on the environment. If eco-responsibility is important to your brand and your customers, bin bags of this sort are the way forward.  

Why were rubbish bags invented? 

While rubbish bags & bin liners provide a sanitary way to get rid of domestic, commercial, and industrial waste, their history is rooted in preventative hygiene. They were created by an inventor named Harry Wasylyk in the wake of the Second World War. During the late 1940s, polio was rife in America. Wasylyk developed the use of polyethylene bags to help dispose of the waste from the Winnipeg General Hospital without spreading the disease. The Union Carbide Company picked up the idea, and the concept of bin liners and bags quickly became standard for homes and businesses worldwide. 

Have you been using bin bags incorrectly? 

According to the Tik Tok user, Stored Simply, rubbish bags & bin liners are even easier to use than we may have first thought. According to her, the bags are inside out once pulled from their roll, which makes them easier to put in place. Her theory is that a bin bag should be placed over the bin's opening, "like a hat." Once the bag has been placed over the opening, it's merely a matter of pushing it into the cavity without the need to shake it open.