Answers to the Top Can Liner FAQs

Answers to the Top Can Liner FAQs

By AAA Polymer | Can Liners

Jan 26

Since 1974, AAA Polymer has been a leader in the can liner and stretch wrap industry. In addition to offering a full complement of high quality can liners, compostable can liners, bottle bags, and post-consumer resin (PCR) can liners; we make it our business to educate our customers on all-things can liners.

Throughout our tenure, we've fielded a few of the top can liner FAQs. They include questions about trash can liner gauge, compostable can liners, PCR can liners and much more. The following information provides answers to some of the top can liner FAQs.

What’s the Difference Between Low and High Density Can Liners?

Low density can liners are thicker, flexible, and more resistant to puncturing and tearing. High density can liners are thinner and not as puncture resistant as their counterpart.

How do you know the difference? One way to tell the difference is by the sound and feeling of the bag. Low density can liners will be softer to the touch, while high density bags will sound crunchier and have a stiffer feeling.

Read more about high density vs low density can liners.

How Are Low and High Density Bags Used Differently?

High density can liners are regularly used in high-traffic areas like for office and bathroom waste. These can liners are best suited for areas where heavy, sharp objects are typically not deposited. 

In contrast, low density can liners are more puncture and tear resistant, so they’re good for kitchen trash, construction sites or any other purpose involving irregular shaped items, cardboard, wood, metal, and glass.

How Is the Thickness or Gauge of Can Liners Measured?

Can liners are measured in mils and microns. Whether you choose a high density can liner or a low density can liner will determine if it’s measured in mils or microns.

  • Mils are used to explain the thickness of low density can liners. A mil is equal to one thousandth of an inch and can range anywhere from .7 up to 6.0 mils. As a point of reference, the standard trash bags found on the shelves of stores can range from 0.7 up to 1.0 mil. If you’re looking for a heavier can liner with the ability to manage large volumes of trash, you’ll be best suited to choose a can liner with 3.0 mils or higher.
  • Microns are used to explain the thickness of high density bags. A micron is equal to one-thousandth of a millimeter. As a point of reference, a standard piece of paper is 100 microns thick. High density can liners measure anywhere from 6 microns up to 20 microns.

How Do I Know I Am Being Shipped the Right Gauge Can Liner? 

Many business owners never think twice about their can liner until they fail. However, if you’re paying for a thicker and more expensive can liner and actually being sent a thinner can liner in a mislabeled box — you’re throwing money out with the trash. 

And when you multiply this seemingly small variance in what you receive and what you’re supposed to receive, the difference can easily escalate into the tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, the experts at AAA Polymer provide an effective and simple tool to help you verify that the can liner you ordered is exactly what you receive.

Use the AAA Polymer free can liner gauge calculator.

What Are Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) Can Liners?

One of the hottest areas of concern for business owners is whether PCR can liners are worth it; and if they can actually make a difference. These can liners are made out of recycled product waste of consumers. When you implement PCR can liners into your business, you can enjoy a vast range of benefits, including:

At AAA Polymer, we offer ICC-certified can liners made from 100% post consumer resins. You can learn more by reading FAQs about postconsumer recycled resin (PCR) can liners or browse AAA Polymer’s extensive offering of PCR can liners.

Do You Offer Compostable Can Liners?

Yes! We offer the industry-leading Heritage BioTuf compostable can liners. These can liners are used throughout New York City in the NYC Organics Collection program. Heritage BioTuf compostable can liners are 100% compostable and allow microbial organisms to safely eat and reintegrate the nutrients back into the soil. Compostable can liners help divert plastic bags away from landfills where they can remain for thousands of years.

Learn more about AAA Polymer’s Heritage BioTuf compostable can liners.

Where to Get the Best Industrial, Commercial & Business Can Liners?

If you’re looking for the best industrial, commercial, and business can liners, look no further than the experts at AAA Polymer. We bring decades of experience and are recognized as industry leaders. However, we don’t just sell can liners. Instead, we provide an end-to-end service where we match each of our clients with the best and most properly sized can liners.

Contact AAA Polymer to learn more about can liners or for a free can liner audit.

About the Author

AAA Polymer, Inc. was founded in 1974, as a plastic resin and material trading company with an innovative vision to create a company to provide plastic recycling services for industrial/commercial businesses. If you have any questions, we're here for you. Just call us at 718.389.2498.

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