Trash Bag Dictionary
Can liners – This is the industrial/commercial term for garbage bags.
Flat seal – The most basic way to seal a trash bag, a flat seal is a two-dimensional bag with a bottom seal (think of a pillow case). Flat seals are generally resistant to leaks; however they don’t conform very well to many garbage cans.
Gauge or Micron – A term used to describe the thickness of a trash bag.
100 Gauge = 25 Micron
100 Micron = 400 Gauge
Gusset seal – Gusseted trash bag are sealed on the bottom and the sides are tucked in to form gussets, or extensions
High density polyethylene (HDPE) – Liners made from this type of plastic/resin are generally thin, making them more prone to tears and rips. However, they are good for carrying heavy loads and are temperature resistant.
Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) – Bags made with this form of plastic are highly resistant to punctures and tears. LLDPE trash bags are a smart choice when throwing out items with sharp or jagged edges, including wood, plaster, glass and items with nails.
Low density polyethylene(LD) – An outdated resin still used mainly in lower end utility liners. For the most part, low density polyethylene has been replaced by linear low density polyethylene.
Polyethylene – One of the most common plastics, polyethylene is used to make trash bags, shopping bags, bottles and containers. Plastic uses mostly linear low density polyethylene and high density polyethylene for our bags.
Post- consumer and post-industrial polyethylene – This is made from recycled post-consumer plastics such as milk jugs and industrial scraps. These are reprocessed and blended with other types of resins to produce new high quality liners.
Resin – The essential raw material from which trash bags are made. There are three types of resins: low density, linear low density and high density.