It's a Wrap! Learn What Goes into the Best Heavy Duty Bags?

It’s a Wrap! Learn What Goes into the Best Heavy Duty Bags?

By Michael Kralstein | Compostable Bags

Apr 22

Are you looking for the best heavy duty bags? If so, you know choosing the most reliable heavy duty bag is much more complex than simply finding one that will fit a receptacle. For instance, you wouldn't want to use the bathroom types of can liners to store jagged construction debris. Instead, you need a heavy duty bag capable of standing up to the rigorous use for construction debris, wood, metal, glass, and other irregular or jagged shaped items.

Fortunately, the experts at AAA Polymer offer a full catalog of high-strength, extra heavy duty bags. Our experienced team will carefully listen to your unique needs and guide you to the best heavy duty bag for your specific application. In doing so, we'll make sure your bag is able to stand up to the tasks at hand, while ensuring you're not wasting money on the wrong trash can liner size. Let's take a look at a few of the most common attributes you should look for in the best heavy duty bags.

What Type of Resin Makes the Best Heavy Duty Bags?

Every trash can liner is comprised up of resin — a basic raw material. In general, there are two different types of resins used in the manufacturing of can liners:

  •  Can liners made from high density (HD) resins are excellent for lightweight trash and paper, but will easily tear if punctured. (a) HD can liners are ideal for bathrooms and offices — as long as no sharp objects are being discarded.
  • Can liners made from low density (LD) resins are excellent for heavy, wet trash and offer an outstanding level of protection against tearing and puncturing. (a) LD can liners are more suitable for yard waste, trash with sharp or jagged edges and kitchens.

Low Density & Linear Low Density Resin Makes the Best Heavy Duty Bags

As the most suitable resin for the best heavy duty bags, low density trash bags or linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) trash bags are flexible, thick, and able to resist tearing and puncturing. You can find these trash bags collecting yard trash, cardboard, glass, metals, and virtually every other type of jagged or irregular shaped items.

The Best Heavy Duty Bags Have the Right Thickness

If you're looking for the best heavy duty bags, it's critical they are of the right thickness! The gauge or thickness of the bag will determine its weight, strength, and have a significant influence on its price. The thickness of trash bags is typically measured in Mil, which converts to .001 or one thousandth of an inch.

As previously mentioned, low density can liners are the most ideal resin for the best heavy duty bags. These can liners are available in a range of different thicknesses — ranging from .7 Mil and higher. You can use a lower Mil count for smaller, lighter trash; while a higher Mil count should be used for heavier, larger, and more sharp-edged trash. Let's look at a few common gauge classifications for heavy duty can liners.

Standard Strength for Low Density Can Liners

Ranging from .7 Mil up to 1.1 Mil, the standard strength low density can liner can be used for  lighter loads of trash and may offer puncture resistant to a range of rough-edge objects, such as:

  • Office waste,
  • Bones,
  • General food waste,
  • Crab legs, etc

Heavy Strength Trash Bags

Ranging from 1.2 MIL up to 1.7 Mil, the heavy strength trash bags are ideal for every day trash and offer a substantial level of protection from rips and tears. These types of can liners may offer puncture protection against:

  • Sticks
  • Items with sharp & jagged corners
  • Lawn trimmings,
  • And more

Extra Heavy-Duty Trash Bags

Spanning from 2.0 Mil up to 2.7 Mil, extra heavy duty can liners are uniquely engineered to stand up to rips and tears from items with sharp objects. These bags offer a significant level of puncture resistance to:

  • Rough food waste
  • Broken glass
  • Items with sharp corners

The Best Heavy Duty Bags — Contractor Strength

If you're looking for the best heavy duty bags, AAA Polymer offers an extra-durable contractor strength grade trash bags that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Commonly used throughout the construction and landscaping industries, these bags range from 3.0 up to 6.0 Mil trash bags with an outstanding level of tear resistance.

How to Choose a Seal for the Best Heavy Duty Bags?

Although seldom considered, the seal of the bag is a big deal when it comes to finding the best heavy duty bags. Let's look at the three types of seals.

  1. Star seals are the most common because it virtually eliminates leaks and allows the bag to conform to the shape of the trash can. In addition, star seals evenly distribute refuse around the bag.
  2. Gusset seals are engineered with both sides tucked in to form gussets. Then the seals are reinforced at the indented outer edges with additional layers of film, while the center of the bag is sealed with two layers. While complex, gusset seals are subject to leaking.
  3. Flat seals are created by simply sealing the bottom edge of the bag,, which means none of the can liner's length is sacrificed. These bags provide a leak-proof product, but do not conform the shape of the waste receptacle.

Which Seals Are Used on the Best Heavy Duty Trash Bags?

In general, the best heavy duty bags will have a flat seal. While flat seals to not conform to the shape of the receptacle, most contractors do not put the bag into a receptacle to begin with. Instead, these bags are used to collect trash, construction debris, etc. As an added bonus, the flat seal helps these bags stand upright — even on their own.

Contact AAA Polymer for the Best Heavy Duty Bags

Whether you need extra heavy duty bags for the landscaping industry, construction industry, or any other purpose, AAA Polymer will help you find the best heavy duty bags.  

Contact AAA Polymer today for a free heavy duty bag usage analysis.  

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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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