Choosing the Right Garbage Bag

factors to consider when buying a trash bag

Factors to Consider When Buying a Trash Bag

If you are worried that the bottom of the trash bag you have selected will burst open or the handles will tear off, you have come to the right place. The most important thing to avoid this from happening is by knowing beforehand what the trash bag is going to be used for. The one you will buy will depend on what’s going inside. With this in mind, here are the main factors you need to consider when purchasing a trash bag.


low-density trash bagThe thickness of a trash can is measured in mil, which is one-thousandth of an inch (.001). For example, for the kitchen, you would like to get a .90 mil bag as it will hold cereal boxes, milk cartons, leftovers, old fruit, and other kitchen garbage. But, a kitchen bag won’t do any good if you are remodeling. In this case, you will need a bag that can stand up to punctures and tears from plaster, broken glass, hangers, and many others. Use a bag that is 2.0 mil or thicker.


In the scenario where you require a bag that needs to stretch to carry a heavy load rather than survive punctures or tears, then select a high-density bag. These bags are clear, thin bags you often find in office restrooms. Use them to collect paper or other light items.


The smallest plastic bags can hold between twenty to twenty-five liters, and the largest ones can carry about 350-370 liters.

Colorblack trash bag

White trash bags are popular because they are not intrusive and they blend in nicely with their surrounding. Black trash bags help hide the content in your bag and go well with stainless steel cans.

In sum, before putting a pack of bags in your cart, determine if you need them for kitchen waste, lawn care, recycling, bathrooms, or office.

If you have any questions about your residential trash pickup, do not hesitate to reach out to Sunrise Sanitation. Browse our website or give us a call directly at 301-334-6212 to learn more about the trash pick up services that we offer.

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