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Are You Using the Right Sized Liner?

Are you sure that the liner you have in your waste cans is the right one? Liners may seem like a simple product, but there are more variables than meet the eye. Most people think the liner that is the thickest and bulkiest will be the best for their needs. That is not always the case. Learning what size and type are right for your workspace, can ultimately save you more money and help reduce overall waste.

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Types of Liners

Liners can come in several different sizes to fit your specific needs. For example, there are larger industrial sizes for bigger work areas and smaller sizes for bathroom waste cans. With so many options, it is easy to buy the wrong one. Just because a liner fits in a waste can, doesn’t mean it is the correct one.

What is the Right Size?

There are a few factors that can help determine the correct size can liner for your workplace. The first thing to look for is if it fits snuggly to the waste can. There should be a tight seal around the top of the can and very little excess liner hanging over the sides. You also want to make sure that there is not much liner leftover at the bottom of the can. Having too much extra liner means you’re buying the wrong size therefore costing you extra money.

What is the Right Kind to Buy?

When you know you have the right sized liner, the next thing to look at is the type you will need. The two main types that you would want to look at are the high-density liner and low-density liner.

low-density liner is your thicker feeling bag. This heavier bag is best to use when you’ll be disposing of sharp objects consistently. The thick material is structured to seal around if an object happens to puncture through the bag. These are very strong bags that are perfect for the kitchen, construction sites and heavier objects like glass or metal.  

High-density liners are perfect for bulk objects. These liners are thinner than low-density ones, but they are still just as strong. A high-density bag is great for office or bathroom settings because they are made to hold items such as shredded paper or wet paper towels. These liners also tend to be less expensive than low density because less plastic is used to make them.

Understanding the uses for each type of liner and what will suit your needs the best will ultimately be better for your workplace. It will help reduce the amount of plastic used, promote a greener environment and become more cost-effective. Stop paying for more plastic than you need, and start buying smart.

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