With so many bin liners and garbage bags available from so many places – what is the best way to figure out the most appropriate bag for your needs?

Well there are really only 2 steps.

  1. Have a think about how you use your garbage bags, as they are not all equal.  For example, some contract cleaners are obligated to change the liner in every bin that they look after – even if it’s only light waste paper and hardly used!  These guys will only need an economical and reliable product.  However, a pub or take away restaurant may absolutely punish their bags by over stuffing them with wet food scraps or even broken bottles!  There is a big difference between the two.
  2. Go and visit reputable Bin Liner manufacturers like Maxpak and try out sample to find the most appropriate and reliable product.

That’s really all their is to it!  However, you should be mindful of a few important things…


“Thick, heavy gauge bags of poor quality” are quite insidiously designed.  This is because in the past – large buyers had tendered out these types of products on an “as specification” basis.  These “Thick, Heavy Gauge, Poor Quality” bags would always pass all weight / gauge testing procedures without any problem.

However, in actual use – there were virtually useless.  They were made from the cheapest raw material and the resin was diluted with various additives designed solely to add weight to the end product.  The resulting final product would perform horribly on tensile strength and elongation tests. This meant that the final product would be thick, heavy and be ripped and torn with ease. 

Whilst they could pass all weight / gauge testing – they ultimately failed spectacularly in real life applications.

We were quite frustrated with these products and made a video to demonstrate the problems with them – which can be seen below.

This video was created to show how easily the heavier bag ripped under pressure – particularly when compared to the Maxpak GH16 product.  


Essentially, film thickness is no longer a satisfactory standard for judging overall strength.  The development of resin grades in the industry have allowed manufacturers to produce end products which use less raw materials yet outperform previous generations of product.  For example, one of our best selling products the GH16 is one of our thinnest products. It can be seen under 20kg test load below. 

Previously, it would not be possible to get such a thin bag to carry such an excessively heavy load.

The GH16 was a ground breaking product for our company and continues to be commercially successful for our company.  Never before had such a cost effective bag been able to perform so well.  Whilst it took some time for this market to be developed, it is now a mainstay for our Company.

Each manufacturer has its own blend proprietary formulations, so the proportions of these materials will vary from one producer to another. The best way to determine the correct liner is to actually test some suggested samples.