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Talking trash- All you need to know about bin liners and refuse sacks!

Posted by Gary Fage on 15-Aug-2016 16:26:29

When it comes to ordering your janitorial supplies its often hard to work out which of the hundreds of options is right for you. Who knew there could be so many varieties of plastic bag!? Even the simplest of decisions can get very complicated, making the wrong one could leave you with a split bag and a pile of waste covering your floor! We want to make your experience as stress free as possible, so we have put together a little guide to bin liners! 

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 Bin Liner Options

The Bin Liner Gauge 

First of all, we have the Bin Liner Gauge. The gauge can be used to classify bin liners in order to determine which thickness will do the job. The liners classification relates to the SI measurement of microns as 1 micron = 4 gauge. However, in the past the mixing of materials meant that bags could look and feel stronger than they actually were. To add to the confusion, modern technology has meant thinner bags can sometimes perform better than thicker ones! For example, some bags will be made from medium or high density polythene and this makes them more crinkly (like the typical supermarket bags you will find). These can be made thinner but retain the same strength. Exciting stuff, aye?

Buying your Bag from a CHSA Accredited Member

To combat these complications, the CHSA has kindly provided a 'user-friendly' method of classifying bin liners which can be handy when trying to avoid making a mess of the floor after over loading your liner! The packaging of all CHSA accredited members will label their packaging with the CHSA plastic refuse sack standard certification mark and classify their bags by the following categories:

The CHSA plastic refuse sack standard certification mark

  • Light Duty (holds up to 5kg)- economy black bin liner typically sold in discount stores.
  • Medium Duty (holds up to 10kg)-  most popular thickness bag for refuse sacks.
  • Heavy Duty (holds up to 15kg) suitable for commercial waste.
  • Extra heavy duty (holds up to 20kg) ideal for building & garden waste.

These categories make our lives far easier as you can almost guarantee that the bag you buy will be one that is right for the job rather than relying on a measurement of thickness. So make sure you keep an eye out for this logo when buying your bin liners!

Bin Liner Measurements Next we have bin liner measurements. 

The first measurement given to our bin liners is the sealed closed width of the bottom of the liner, which sits at the bottom of the bin. The second measurement given is the maximum open width of the liner. This is when the bag is opened, and stretched taut from one side to the other. Please note this is not the circumference! The third measurement is the length of the liner. This is simply measured from top to bottom. For example, a 18x29x39 liner would have a sealed bottom width of 18 inches, a top maximum open width of 29 inches, and a length of 39 inches.

So what about clear liners? 

We often get asked what the benefits are over having clear bin liners. You will see by the pricing that for the exact same size, thickness & strength bag that the colour black would be cheaper than the clear, so with this in mind as you can imagine we find that black bags are by far the most popular.  Clear bags are best used for segregating and sorting waste, because you can visually see what waste is inside the bag without having to get your hands dirty! It's also likely that you have noticed the clear bags used at many airports, train and bus stations. The transparent bags increase security as and dangerous items be easily spotted.  

Forgotten which bin liner you require? 

We realise picking out which plastic bag you'd like is low on your list of priorities and doing so once Coloured Bin Liner (CM160)has probably given you enough excitement to last a lifetime (not so much...) So we have a large database with records of all previous orders that have been placed. We can therefore search through any previous orders you have placed with us, take a look at the unique product code, and organise a re-order of that same product quickly and efficiently.

 What is the CHSA Accreditation Scheme? 

Ever ordered your janitorial supplies and been delivered products of an unsatisfactory quality? The CHSA accreditation scheme has been developed to ensure all soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and  chsa logoindustrial cotton mops are correctly labelled, consistent and you get what you have paid for! So when buying from an accredited member, like Janitorial Express, you can have peace of mind that your products will do the job! The accreditation scheme is governed by a panel of representatives which have been elected by accredited members. These members are regularly and randomly audited, during which a sample of product is taken away and tested to ensure the packaging reflects the product it contains! This ensures the reliability of the scheme is upheld. Additionally, as mentioned earlier in this blog, labelling has been made far more user-friendly. So keep an eye out for the official CHSA logo when it comes to ordering your janitorial supplies! To find out more just visit the CHSA Accreditation Scheme Page.

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Gary has over 30 years experience in the UK Cleaning Industry and is managing director of Janitorial Express, a director of the Jangro Group and vice chairman of the Hill Club the UK's premeire cleaning industry networking club.

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