What's the Deal with Different Colored Garbage Bags?

What’s the Deal with Different Colored Garbage Bags?

By AAA Polymer | Can Liners

Mar 04

From an organizational standpoint, something as simple as different colored trash bags can go a long way. They can help your business differentiate types of waste, be markers for a multi-step process, help you display a message to staff or customers, and much more. In the end, different colored garbage bags can be used for a myriad of reasons. 

All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside of the box, and the team at AAA Polymer can help. To get started, we've outlined a few of the top uses of different colored garbage bags. Read on for more and don't hesitate to reach out to the team at AAA Polymer.

White Opaque Colored Garbage Bags

White trash bags are a popular choice because they tend to coincide with cleanliness. For example, when New York city was experiencing shin-high waste in the streets (literally) during the late 1800s, the Street Commissioner of New York City changed the street workers uniforms to white in order to portray cleanliness.

White bags are commonly used in bathrooms, healthcare facilities, kitchens, and in dark areas to help brighten up spaces. With a long list of sizes and strengths to choose from, opaque white-colored garbage bags are a great neutral color to use.

Black Colored Garbage Bags

As the universal do-anything, go-anwhere solution, black colored garbage bags are commonly seen in driveways filled with leaves and other lawn debris. These trash bags are just as common as white trash bags. 

Often used in office spaces and parks, black trash bags go well with stainless steel containers and are excellent at hiding the contents inside. Because of this, black trash bags are the preferred, go-to solution for high-strength contractor grade trash bags. Black bags are available in low density and high density as well as a variety of shapes, sizes and gauges (or thickness).

Red Colored Garbage Bags

Used frequently by hospitals and other medical facilities to designate biohazard waste or other dangerous items, red bags are often used to dispose needles, blood, test tubes, human waste, and other similar types of waste. Although you may choose to use red trash bags for any reason, they are mainly used for the medical reasons listed above. 

Blue Colored Garbage Bags

Blue colored garbage bags are undoubtedly less common than other types, but can be a valuable option for businesses. Heavy plastics, glass, and other types of industrial material are regularly thrown into blue bags. However, most consumers correlate blue with recycling. In towns and city squares you will usually spot the recycling bin with a blue bag to match the recycling symbol’s color.

Green Colored Can Liners

Restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry turn to green colored can liners to house biodegradable materials such as vegetables, fruit peelings, and more. At the same time, green colored trash bags are often used for leaves as well as twigs. Outside parks and public areas are also known for having trash bins with green bags to designate dog waste (which is then used for compost later).

Orange Can Liners

If you need a can liner to stand out and catch people’s attention, orange is as vibrant as it comes. Often used for festivals and parties (especially Halloween), orange trash bags are fairly easy to see the contents in compared to darker can liners.

Yellow Can Liners

Similar to orange trash bags, yellow can liners are another easy color to spot. Yellow bags are used by many businesses with a combination of other colors to add some flare to office spaces or outside gathering areas.

Clear Can Liners

Not every trash bag needs to have color to give it a special meaning. In many instances, offices and establishments use clear can liners and trash bags because they want to keep it simple. On the other hand, clear garbage bags offer a range of useful benefits, such as: 

  • Recycling specific materials,
  • Reducing product shrinkage
  • Deterring employees from stealing merchandise
  • And more

Why Use Different Colored Garbage Bags? 

As you can see, there are a number of key benefits to using different colored garbage bags, and you're only limited by your creativity. A few key ways you may be able to use colored garbage bags include:

  • Improve organization. Use colored garbage bags throughout your warehouse to improve organization and create efficiencies.
  • Enhance security. If your trash or garbage includes sensitive materials, black or opaque-colorded garbage bags can offer you improved security.
  • And more.

Contact AAA Polymer for Different Colored Garbage Bags

The uses of colored trash bags in warehouses, distribution centers, and offices are more widespread than you may think. Although you can technically apply whatever meaning you’d like to them, different colors have preconceived norms already attached to them. And the team at AAA Polymer, can help you understand all of the color nuances en route to choosing the best trash bag for your facility. 

Since 1974, AAA Polymer has specialized has helping business owners, warehouse managers, and more choose the best trash bags. We offer a full array of high quality trash bags in different thicknesses, sizes, as well as colors. Our experienced specialists will carefully listen to your needs and guide you to the most effective type of trash bag.  

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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