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Why I'm Getting Picky with Garbage Sticky: Garbage Bags Problems Exposed

Updated on November 13, 2015

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Don't Lose Your Sticky Through the Bottom of your Garbage Bags

I have found that getting the right garbage bags can save you from losing your rubbish. Pests like gulls and foxes can be a problem as can the combination of weak bags and sharp objects. Even if that object is nothing sharper than a stiff plastic wrapper that the recycling van won't take.


My Garbage Dilemmas and Problems

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Where I used to live you simply popped your bags into a wheeled bin and wheeled them out to where the trucks picked them up. Clean, quick and easy!

Here though they are left in bags. Each Friday they have to be outside by 7am ready to be picked up some time that day. Unfortunately sometime can be anytime and this causes a few problems. Even if you have bins people tend to take them out and pile them up ready to be collected.

I stuck my head out of the window one day to find seagulls merrily dragging the rubbish all over the road having ripped open the bags. This is quite a common occurrence. Then of course the refuse collectors won't pick it up. Not to mention the embarrassment of having the wrappers of your favorites chocy bars strewn across the road as evidence of sneaky eating! Sigh.

The only solution is to cover the bags with a cloth to deter the pests.

I try to keep to one bag a week so I don't have to put it out the front as there is no room for a trash can as my landlord has huge cars.

A Variety of Bag Designs to Chose From on Amazon

I think if you put all these elements together you would get the perfect bag.

What Kind of Garbage Bags Do You Like Poll

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Getting the Right Bags Can be a Challenge

Here we have economy bags, heavy duty or tie etc. However the manufactures are rather free with their descriptions. Heavy duty in one store or in one make can be the equivalent of flimsy in another. Argh!

There are many times I have bought ones that say that they are heavy duty only to find they are so thin you can see through them. Or worse when you lift them up the bag and contents connect. Something sharp stabs through the side allowing the contents to tumble onto the floor.

The bags when there is nothing in them to attract the gulls are often out in my very small back yard. If it is raining on refuse collection day I end up with a wet trail through the house. Oh yea such fun.

I find tie handles break.

Over time I have decided that it is best to pay for the better quality ones, either those with handles or without. Tough stone black plastic is the way to go.

I'd love to be eco friendly as well but these are still quite limited and expensive.

Garbage Bags Used in Survival Situations

What is the Difference Between Garbage and Trash Bags?

I tend to refer to them as either rubbish or bin bags (officially refuse sacks) so I wondered if the words garbage and trash were just that - words, or if they really did mean something different to different people. After all you need to get the right bag for the job. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a huge array of answers.

Some say that garbage is what is from the bathroom or the kitchen while trash is everything that remains. For others garbage is waste that is mineral or animal in nature and is also solid like food while trash is things like paper or tins and other non edible stuff.

In the UK the word rubbish is used more than the word garbage or trash. This can be anything that is allowed but paper, cardboard, glass and some plastic bottles (depends on the council as to what is accepted) is all Recycling.

The Most Important Qualities of Trash Bags I Would Buy

This is a list of things I look for in quality bags for rubbish. I would prefer all these traits but you can't always get all of them.

  1. They must be black (or possibly dark grey) as our collectors won't always take other colors.
  2. It must be easy to tie; either with integral handles or ties. Although ties on weaker bags do break.
  3. I'd prefer something that is priced at a good value but not cheap.
  4. Strength is vital so that it holds in smells better and is more difficult for pests to attack. Also so that it doesn't rip as soon as you pick it up.
  5. I would prefer and Eco friendly one or a recycled one but sometimes these are not available.
  6. Size is important as a family will need larger ones or more of them. I just like them to go into my inside bin as it saves on using too many bags.

Counting Your Community's Trash

You can see how much of a carbon print and how eco friendly you are by using the method mentioned on Counting Your Trash

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      jknake lm 4 years ago

      First of all, I am amazed that you could write an article on garbage bags but here it is. Good job. We leave our garbage out for pickup, and yes, the birds can make holes in the bags. I used to leave a container of cat food out for our feral cats but since the coons have found it, I can't do that anymore. I've even put it in a covered bucket and they will find it and take it. A wonderful lens. I tried to do likes but that part is covered so I can't get to it. I don't know if it's something that my computer is doing or if anyone else is having trouble with that.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I live on a rural Canadian Garbage route and they will not come up the drive so all of our garbage has to be segregated. Blue clear plastic for the recyclables a black plastic bag for non recyclable and old grocery bags for paper and card which have to be separated, a green bin is used for compostables. This is a problem as on rural routes we have racoons, bears and skunks all of which like to eat the old garbage and will strew it all over the road and often do. We have to have it out by 7am and that usually means after 5pm the night before. I totally relate to your problem and I do have to use strong bags, even then we often find garbage has been strewn everywhere the bears particularly like to raid the green bin! They will pick it up and drop it to get the garbage to fall out. Nice lens!.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      We have a problem with the garbage collectors coming on a schedule. We have to be careful what type of bags we use. I use an off brand that ties really well.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      We don't have that problem. The garbage in my country is collected separately in plastic bags but the bags go into big closed bins outside the house. There's no way any animal can get to them. We collect plastics separately in special bags which are provided for free and we can drop those in the nearest garbage dump site in special tanks. We have special separated bins for green garbage. No plastic bags allowed on the streets.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      We're fortunate where we live, because we can just tip all our veggie waste into the garden or into a spot in our field where it breaks down - so we don't accumulate too much trash. We only have pick-up once a week, but we also need to be very careful on timing - put it out too early, the crows get it. Put it out too late, and we have to lug it back to the house because we missed pick up. More than once I've frantically tracked the trash company in my car hoping to catch up with them to make up for being too late! :)

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I liked your lens, you made me think about a subject that I really stopped thinking about when my family found the bag for us. It is also a Glad bag.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I think the best thing is to reduce your garbage and recycle whatever you can - not long ago people didn't have garbage collectors and they had almost no garbage

      I saw a youtube video on a family who has almost no garbage - one bag per half a year - green shopping is key here :)

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      Fay 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      @kindoak: I don't have the room for trash sheds or bins out the front. I agree containers would be better. Where I used to live we had them as the trucks were geared up for them. They would connect them and the truck would lift them. Here they are not. The gulls get into bins anyway or the wind knocks them over. The bin men would take the bags out of the bins before the truck arrived ready for pick up.

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      Why not use trash bins, or a trash shed. In Sweden where I live, leaving a garbage bag in the open is a felony - which costs $$$ fines - every bag has to be enclosed by a animal safe container. It is perhaps easier here because the whole garbage pickup industry is geared on handling containers. But have a chat with the garbage crew that do your runs and as them about fetching the garbage from a container.

      I guarantee they prefer to handle whole bags rather than those ripped open by animals!

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      Fay 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      @verymary: Oh wow how exotic raccoon's we get nothing so interesting just gulls. Mind you raccoon's are quite determined. I think that is very good that you take your trash with you, I know a lot of people don't. When my sister and I went motor homing we were very careful to pick up and check every time we left where we stayed the night.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      Learning to keep your trash down to one bag a week is a great side effect of the critter problem, though I don't envy you that. When our family stays in cabins in the NC mountains, there is no garbage pickup, so we take care to create as little as possible. I try to keep that up year-round, even with weekly pickup here at home, but it isn't always easy. Our challenge has been raccoons that can get into our closed garbage bins -- never mind the bags!