Why I'm Getting Picky with Garbage Sticky: Garbage Bags Problems Exposed
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
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
What kind of bags do you like to use?
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.
- They must be black (or possibly dark grey) as our collectors won't always take other colors.
- It must be easy to tie; either with integral handles or ties. Although ties on weaker bags do break.
- I'd prefer something that is priced at a good value but not cheap.
- 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.
- I would prefer and Eco friendly one or a recycled one but sometimes these are not available.
- 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