Step-by-Step Guide on How to Choose the Right Can Liner

By Michael Kralstein | Can Liners

Jan 04

When you’re considering how to choose the right can liner, your process should include much more than grabbing any ol’ bag. Failure to consider several attributes could result in the waste of thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars.

In the process of learning how to choose the right can liner, make sure to consider the application, size, and strength. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. The experts at AAA Polymer bring more than four decades of experience helping business owners just like you choose the right can liner.

We’ve taken our decades of experience and infused them into a helpful, easy-to-use, interactive Bag Choosing Guide. Within a matter of moments, you can have a precise can liner custom selected for your facility. Continue reading to learn more about our Bag Choosing Tool and other potential attributes you should consider.

How to Choose the Right Can Liner – Bag Choosing Guide Tool

When it comes to how to choose the right can liner, there are very few — if any — one-size-fits-all solutions. As a matter of fact, the best can liner will be custom fit for the application and receptacle. And our simple Bag Choosing Guide will help you choose the best can liner for your facility. Getting started is simple:

Step 1:

Are you throwing away sharp objects? If you answer yes, the guide lets you choose from five different commonly used sharp objects. Choose the types of sharp objects you regularly throw away. If you’re not throwing away sharp objects you can move to Step 2. In either case, the tool will tell you whether you’re best suited with a low density or high density can liner.

Step 2:

How to determine the proper liner size? You can start by choosing whether the can liners are for round or square/rectangle trash bins. You’ll be asked to enter the dimensions of the trash receptacle to ensure the bag is optimized for custom fit. Once you enter the dimensions, the Bag Choosing Guide will suggest the best size of the can liner.

Step 3:

Gauge — How to determine bag thickness? In this step, you can choose the can liner material as well as the maximum load of the contents in each bag. After you enter the requested information, the tool will provide you with a suggested bag thickness or gauge.

Our Bag Choosing Guide tool is simple, easy to use, and extremely effective. Get started now by using the Bag Choosing Guide tool, below:

Why Is the Right Can Liner Important?

Just as you wouldn’t try to plant a garden with a baseball bat, you shouldn’t use a high density bag to collect glass and other sharp objects. Simply put, it’s imperative you have the right bag for your application. Failure to have the right type of can liner can result in waste of money, spills, and the creation of unnecessary hazards.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

It’s also imperative to choose the right size can liner — not too small or too big. Can liners that are too small will fall into the receptacle. However, bags that are too big will require banding or constant knotting to keep it in place. In either case, the wrong sized can liner results in unnecessary inefficiencies.

Save Money with the Right Size Can Liner

If you’ve ever walked through your facility and noticed waste receptacles with what we call “Ugly Bag Hangover” (UBO), you should be concerned. In addition to being unsightly, choosing a can liner that is too big can dramatically increase your overall supply costs and contribute to source reduction.

Although it may seem trivial, most research suggests facilities use 30% more can liner than they actually need. And if you are spending anywhere from $5,000 - $100,000 in can liners a year, a 30% reduction in costs can have a significant impact on the organization’s bottom line.

Contact AAA Polymer Today

AAA Polymer was originally founded as a plastic resin and materials trading company with the vision of providing plastic recycling for commercial and industrial businesses. In 1986, AAA Polymer naturally expanded into the stretch wrap and can liner industry.

Since then, AAA Polymer has become one of the largest providers of quality can liners in the Tri-State area. We offer more than 75 different types of can liners, including:

We've built our business on providing world-class customer service and can liner education.

Contact AAA Polymer today.

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About the Author

Michael Kralstein started working in sales full time for AAA Polymer in February 2000. In 2006, he became the Sales Manager of our can liner division. He currently manages all aspects related to can liners.

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