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A generic rubbish bag is a large plastic bag, usually of a single colour, that people put rubbish into. The bags may be used as an inner skin to a rubbish bin, to stop wet and noisome remains from sticking to the inside of the container, or may be used separately and stored in a yard or garden1 until they can be collected, or privately transported, for delivery to a refuse facility, or dump.
Rubbish bags are usually made of polyethylene of variable thickness. Bags designed for storing paper, polystyrene and other light waste may be made from plastic a third of a millimetre thick. Standard rubbish bags and kitchen waste bags are likely to be double this. Bags used hollister sale for much heavier or wet rubbish like garden waste may be almost a millimetre thick, with multiple ply plastic to enhance strength. The gauge of the bag its ability to stretch and support content without breaking is generally determined by what purpose the bag is to be put to, with larger gauges being used for garden waste or hazardous materials.
Most standard rubbish bags have a capacity of between 60 to 90 litres. They are about two thirds of a metre wide and a little less than a metre deep. They are commonly purchased on rolls, the bags folded into a 15 centimetre wide strip, with perforations between one bag and the next.
While the majority of rubbish bags are black or grey, other colours exist and usually designate a specialised purpose. For example, a green bag is usually for biodegradable waste, such as grass, raw fruit and vegetables2, and garden clippings. Similarly, white bags3 may be used to indicate use for paper waste only, such as newspapers. Local councils may sometimes specifically assign certain colours of bags to designate specific waste content.
While most bags are simply rectangles of plastic, there are minor variations intended to make use of the bags easier and less messy.
Methods of UseUsing the rubbish bag opens up somes options in respect of managing general household waste. It is entirely possible to have the rubbish bag free standing in your kitchen for the dumping of waste on the spot. This cuts out any fuss and means that you just have to tie it up and dump it outside when it’s full. However, the sheer capacity of a standard rubbish bag means that an average household might take a few days to fill it, and in the meantime the waste at the bottom will have been sitting at room temperature and been given the opportunity to make a stink. There is also the prospect of rips or holes, which tend to lead to quite unpleasant puddles of unidentifiable liquid.
A halfway solution to this issue is to purchase a large indoor lidded, flip top or pedal bin. While most will not necessarily have the 60+ litre capacity to house the whole bag, the excess plastic lip over the edge of the bin aids the later closure of the bag. The fact that the bag and the waste within is stored within a lidded container means that issues of spillage, ripping and smells are minimised and enclosed. The bag is unlikely to be damaged while inside the bin, and if it is the whole bin can be taken outside and emptied possibly with some assistance into another, hopefully more secure and intact, rubbish bag.
Another solution is to keep rubbish storage inside to a minimum and move it outside often. Small bins, with low capacity binliners or even recycled shopping bags inside, can be used all around the house. Whenever one of the bags is filled, it can be removed, tied and put into a large rubbish bag kept outside either free standing or inserted into a rubbish bin. Bags inside rubbish bins are opened up, usually through liberal shaking, and inserted with the lip of the open side stretched around the edge of the bin, where practical. Smaller bags and rubbish can then be placed inside without hindrance and nothing stays in the house long enough to cause a smell (unless you’re particularly keen on eating kippers).
Jumping Through Hoops
One of the odder bins invented, what might best be described as the ‘halo’ bin consists of a metalic ring with a hinge on one side to which a plastic lid is attached. Some halo bins are secured to a wall directly by a bracket in roughly the same spot as the hinge, while others are attached to a stand, consisting of a base with a rod pointing upwards from one side, to which the lidded ring is attached.
The halo bin can potentially be used either in or outdoors, and supports a rubbish bag by pulling the open edges over the ring. The bag then hangs down through the ring towards the floor. The position of the ring should be such that the bottom of the bag touches the floor therefore stopping the meagre weight of a free hanging bag (or one later filled with rubbish) from dropping off the ring and on to the floor. Indeed, there will usually be some form of clip or securing element to ensure that the bag doesn’t come free unless you need it too. Once deposited in their trucks, the massed waste is taken to a landfill site for dumping ultimately to be filled to bursting, covered over and turned into a picturesque park with an unusual odour of methane around the duck ponds.
The part of this process left to the user is the filling and closure of the rubbish bag and here the latter is to be considered in detail.
As previously stated, a rubbish bag is simply a rectangle of plastic with an opening in one side. When opened up and filled, it becomes somewhat rounder like a lumpy and over stuffed pillow. As a result, the more you put into a bag, the wider the opening becomes. When it comes to closing the bag, this can become an issue, as closure is achieved by pulling the lip of the opening together and securing the neck of the gathered material. In an ideal world, you should avoid filling the bag to the brim.
If the bag has been used as the inner skin of a rubbish bin, this generally means that the edges of the bag will have been pulled over the sides of the bin to keep it in place open and accessible during use. The result is that when the bag is removed from the bin, there is excess material at the top that means that gathering and securing is easier.
If the bag has been used loose, or is being used in a bin to contain a lot of smaller, indoor waste bags, the tendency is f hollister sale or overfilling to occur. This is common when the rubbish being placed into the bag includes broken up cardboard boxes, equipment packaging such as large pieces of polystyrene, metal rods or wood waste, and pieces of bush or tree branches. Under these circumstances it is necessary to introduce some measure of compression, forcing the content of the bag down to remove areas of unfilled space between folds and layers, whereas larger pieces of waste may need to be extracted and broken up into smaller bits. A common problem with forcing the content of the bag down is that excess pressure exerted may result in stretching, tears and holes in the bag. It can also be quite messy or potentially dangerous if there are wet or hazardous materials in the bag. When in doubt, a pair of rubber gloves should be in order, or better still some sturdy gardening gloves.
Closing the bag involves gathering the edges of the open side together and securing it. There is more than one way to achieve this. One method is to take hold of the lip of the open side, holding opposing sides in each hand. Gather the two sides together, trying to get a handful of bag on each side. You should be able to then tie the two handfuls together, creating a simple knot. If that seems too complicated, the top can be pulled into a single gathering, and then this can be knotted around itself rather like tying a knot in a piece of rope.
For those that are feeling a little less dextrous, it is possible to use something else to secure the gat hollister sale hered top of the bag, rather than using a knot. Twisty ties are designed exactly for this purpose. Threaded through this collar is a loop of tough plastic that is a hollister sale ccessible through a single gap in the tube. When the bag is full, the pull tie can be tugged through this hole, gathering the top of the bag together and closing off the contents within. Once pulled tight, the loop of plastic can then be tied and knotted around the closed neck of the bag. A very neat and simple solution to closing the bag effectively.