Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

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black jack wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:17 pm
Ice-9 wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:20 pm

But, whenever the day comes that I've managed to go through this stash of plastic bags and I get my head on straight to remember to bring the reusables in the store with me, I have my eye on trying out similarly priced compostable small trash can bags on Amazon.
Compostable bags sound like a good idea, but if you're tossing them into the regular waste stream where they end up in a landfill, you're wasting your money.
The compostable bags are meant for locations that do food composting. They’re not really useful for anything else. Small and very flimsy. And they won’t break down in a landfill anyway. But they will break down in your home compost pile.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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This is probably due to me not being from the US, but it seems absurd to me to have a visible trash can in a nice kitchen (how trashy!). Surely it belongs in a cabinet.
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1130Super wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:47 pm
tooluser wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:20 pm
F150HD wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:36 pm If this is all any of us need to worry about, we're pretty damn lucky.
It's truly a Golden Age.
I think creating unnecessary trash is something to be worried about don’t you guys? How ridiculous is it to throw an extra bag in a landfill because one is less fashionable. I don’t even have garbage service because I only create about 5lbs of trash a week. The World would be better off if garbage was taxed and fees was as high as Cigarettes, Alcohol, fuel, Cell phone service.
You’re assuming the grocery bags just get thrown away if they aren’t used to line the trash can. Everyone I know had a use for them, and had to scramble when stores started charging for bags.

Most people pay for trash hauling, and the charge is typically based on the amount. In my last house, my trash bill was higher than my electric bill, for the smallest bin they offered. If you live in an apartment building, your landlord pays for it and passes it on to you in your rent.

If you don’t have trash service, what are you doing? Dumping it in your neighbor’s so they’re paying for your trash?
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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Remember when paper grocery bags were used to make book covers for school books?
Remember when smaller paper bags were for school lunches, and they had to be carefully folded and brought home to use again?
Milk cartons washed out and saved for kitchen waste disposal?

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Hallman wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:45 am This is probably due to me not being from the US, but it seems absurd to me to have a visible trash can in a nice kitchen (how trashy!). Surely it belongs in a cabinet.
More people put them in cabinets than don’t, but some kitchens, especially older ones, are built without a place to do that. We use one of the fancy Simplehuman trash cans for exactly that reason.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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Sandtrap wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:51 am Remember when paper grocery bags were used to make book covers for school books?
Remember when smaller paper bags were for school lunches, and they had to be carefully folded and brought home to use again?
Milk cartons washed out and saved for kitchen waste disposal?

Repurpose
Reuse
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1130Super wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:47 pmThe World would be better off if garbage was taxed and fees was as high as Cigarettes, Alcohol, fuel, Cell phone service.
Come to Boulder, CO. Trash is taxed here.
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BolderBoy wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:56 am
1130Super wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:47 pmThe World would be better off if garbage was taxed and fees was as high as Cigarettes, Alcohol, fuel, Cell phone service.
Come to Boulder, CO. Trash is taxed here.
My trash isn't taxed - I directly pay for its disposal. In additional to a quarterly fee in my town we pay $1.50 per bag of trash - so those that throw away more pay a little more.
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We use plant based bags(13 gal) we get on Amazon, washable & reusable produce mesh bags, reusable BPA free ziplock bags, & reusable & washable grocery bags(keep in the trunk) as well as eco friendly poop bags for the dog
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Another vote for costco bags. I grew up using shopping bags for our kitchen garbage. Every time I would take it outside there would be a leak. Chicken juice drips, tomato sauce, other liquified waste. Then spend time cleaning that up. My own house I definitely consider it a luxury. For $14 every 18 months I have not had a single drip in 9 years. Well worth the money to not have to get down on my knees and wipe up and clean drips. Grocery bags in the kitchen garbage bins.
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BolderBoy wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:56 am
1130Super wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:47 pmThe World would be better off if garbage was taxed and fees was as high as Cigarettes, Alcohol, fuel, Cell phone service.
Come to Boulder, CO. Trash is taxed here.


We still have back yard pickup so the streets are never filled with trash cans on garbage day. We also have either the highest or second highest property tax rate in the state. People complain about property taxes here, but very few people want to give that service up.

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tooluser wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:20 pm At home I splurged on a SimpleHuman garbage can that has custom-fitted bags. The can and the bags are expensive. It has changed my life for the better. The can looks good always. The foot lever-opener and lid work smoothly, with minimal effort, and silently; keeps any odors at bay. The custom-fitted bags are of high quality, very resistant to stretching and punctures. It's a very positive addition to my kitchen. No bags in any other trash cans, but I also don't put anything messy in any of them.

At work I use two shopping bags to line my office trash can, which does sometimes get messy things thrown inside. I have a stash of plastic grocery bags at work and have not run out yet over 10+ years. I inherited many of the bags from the previous occupant of the office. Sometimes the janitors take the bags with the trash. The pile in the closet is slowly going down.
You can use 20% off coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond on beautiful SimpleHuman trash cans where the bag doesn't show--it's on an interior can.
I just use a plastic box under my sink in the kitchen but I had to order 33 gallon bags that would fit.
My city makes us pay for plastic grocery bags now so I use the reusable ones (when I remember, ha!). I have very nice stainless steel trash cans in my bathrooms, so I ordered some small, very thin clear trashbags from Amazon for them but occasionally will use a Home Depot bag in them. I was a graphic designer and am a bit OCD about these things.
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I re-use bags from the grocery store, but also take re-usable bags to the grocery store, Target, etc. I bought a 20-pack of bags from the dollar store in case I run out of grocery store bags. The 20-pack will likely last one or two years.

I do not and would not keep the trash can outside of a cabinet however. I'm definitely not a fan of that...
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Fun facts:
According to industry statistics, they sold $2.7 billion worth of plastic garbage bags in the US in 2019.
According to the World Bank estimates, there are 28 countries whose entire GDP is less than $2.7 billion.

15% of all countries in the world have a GDP that is less than what we collectively spend on plastic trash bags in the US. And that doesn't include the value of what is actually going in the bags.
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core4portfolio wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:01 pm
decapod10 wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 pm We buy bags for the kitchen (13 gallon) and use grocery bags for the smaller trash cans (like in the bathroom), though we're supposed to be using reusable bags at the grocery store as they charge 10 cents per bag. So in theory we will run out of grocery bags, if I ever remember to bring bags to the grocery store and stop getting new ones, lol.
kitchen 13 gallons at cosco
grocery bags for small thrash cans
This is us as well.

Our city burns trash for electricity, so plastic bags do triple duty.
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I shop at Aldi and Costco, so neither provide bags. With all my grocery savings, I can buy a roll of properly fitted bags that do not leak and I still have lots of savings left.
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I agree with you but happy __, happy life.
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Another user of the Costco 13 gallon bags for the SimpleHuman trash and recycle cans. We save the plastic grocery bags and use them to pick up the dog poop while walking the terrier.
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No. I take my own cloth bags to the grocery stores and I refuse to buy plastic bags. I have a store of paper bags, constantly salvaged and replenished from various places. This means I have to take out the trash regularly, oftentimes as soon as I have trash (if the items are of the slightly wet variety).
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Sandtrap wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:51 am Remember when paper grocery bags were used to make book covers for school books?
Remember when smaller paper bags were for school lunches, and they had to be carefully folded and brought home to use again?
Milk cartons washed out and saved for kitchen waste disposal?

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I wish we could go back to that. I've been looking for biodegradable trash bags but haven't been able to find much. Plastic is such a huge issue right now that I'd like to limit it as much as possible. At least paper bags are renewable.
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No, I don't buy things just to throw them away.
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We recycle plastic grocery bags for our wet garbage. We compost whatever we can for our garden. We recycle paper grocery bags for our dry garbage and for any garbage with pointy corners, i.e. boxes, which might poke holes in the smaller plastic grocery bags. Our waste baskets were chosen to fit the size of the grocery bags we recycle. Paper grocery bags stay open better if we reverse fold the sides so they don't collapse inward so easily. Plastic bag handles stretch around top edges of waste baskets so they don't fall in.
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black jack wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:17 pm Compostable bags sound like a good idea, but if you're tossing them into the regular waste stream where they end up in a landfill, you're wasting your money.
https://www.livescience.com/63597-compost-trash-in-landfills.html wrote:The composting process requires oxygen and, for the most part, landfills are sealed, airtight — and therefore oxygen-free — containers within the ground. "Since landfill conditions are generally anaerobic [i.e., without oxygen], these materials do not 'compost'; instead they either persist or break down anaerobically," Peter Canepa, a life cycle assessment specialist with the Department of Environmental Quality in Oregon, told Live Science in an email. [The Science Behind Composting]

However, what exactly happens to compostable materials in landfills is up for debate. For the plastic-like compostable material PLA (polylactic acid), which is made from corn, one study found that in landfills PLA breaks down anaerobically to release methane, a greenhouse gas that is about 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide, Canepa said.

But another study found that PLA doesn't break down at all in a landfill and therefore does not produce significant greenhouse gas emissions, Canepa said. What's clear is that if a compostable item, such as a straw, winds up in the trash, it will not be composted.
Interesting, thanks. It's hard to imagine a reasonable workflow with the compostable dog waste bags that would leave them exposed to oxygen. (And even harder to imagine for compostable bags for the bathroom trashcan.) With no real alternatives then, maybe picking up the dog poop with the plastic grocery bags wasn't such a bad thing after all.
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We use the grocery bags to line the smaller dust bins in the house when we have some. But after we started shopping at aldi,the number of available grocery bags is less. So we end up buying bags at dollar store that fit the small dustbins. For the large garbage bin in kitchen, i had to get 13 gallon costco bags.
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quantAndHold wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:39 am
black jack wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:17 pm Compostable bags sound like a good idea, but if you're tossing them into the regular waste stream where they end up in a landfill, you're wasting your money.
The compostable bags are meant for locations that do food composting. They’re not really useful for anything else. Small and very flimsy. And they won’t break down in a landfill anyway. But they will break down in your home compost pile.
Every time I've seen composting mentioned in a gardening book or website, they specificly warn against including pet waste in compost. So I guess the compostable pet waste bags make little sense then.
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Cubicle wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:06 pm I've been hoarding grocery bags because NJ is planning to ban single use bags. I use them in my trash bins. Because growing up that's what my parents did. And after the ban, I'll use up my supply & probably have to resort to buying black market grocery bags from the dark web using only bitcoin so it's untraceable.

OP, how about a trash receptacle out of sight? Behind a cabinet door? Pull out from a cabinet?
Are they banning single use paper bags, or single use plastic bags, or both?
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I never did until my city banned free plastic bags from stores. They also banned free paper bags. Before that I simply used grocery bags as my garbage bags. The irony of the bag ban is that I've started needing to buy plastic garbage bags. :oops:

I'm certainly not the only one as the research in this article indicates. Basically the plastic bag bans have shifted people to buying plastic bags.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019 ... ns-garbage
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I'm not sure why there is this great distaste for trash bins outside of cabinets. I have one for rubbish, lined with a trash bag, and I fold over the top of the trash bag so no trash is visible. I have another one, for recyclables, lined with a grocery store paper bag, and who cares if soda cans, etc are visible at the top. Both are pale yellow rubbermaid, which I think is much prettier than the stainless steel ones people are touting.
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We use to do what the OP's wife does. But we've stopped using plastic bags at all for anything. Trying to do our environmental part. We mostly use our own re-usable bags for shopping or use their paper bags otherwise. For our kitchen garbage (under the sink) we have a plastic bin that we line with bio-degradable bags and then place a paper bag in it. We take out the paper bag to the garbage can once ready. If anything leaks--we change the bio-degradable bag too at that point. So we're stretching the life of the bio-degradable bags as well.
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We buy the 13 gallon Costco bags for our kitchen trash can. It's just two of us here and we recycle and compost, so we only have about 1 bag of trash every 2 weeks.

For our offices we just have wire mesh cans and I line them with a smaller bag, however we do not throw those out. On trash day we just dump the contents of those two trash cans into the kitchen bag. Nothing wet or smelly goes into those two office cans so it works out (mostly just tissues). We do the same with our main bathroom trash can (also lightly used).
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Our trash can fits under the sink
It is Humanscale brand.
We buy the Humanscale bags in large quantities.
Cost is not important to us.
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fru-gal wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:42 amAre they banning single use paper bags, or single use plastic bags, or both?
Both are on the table. But because lawmakers in NJ continue to exist, nothing gets done.

https://www.nj.com/politics/2020/01/nj- ... agree.html

I happen to love my in-plain-sight trash container. Because if/when it gets yucky, I take it outside for a washing. I wouldn't want it hidden in a cabinet.
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Buy plastic bags from Costco. It's not expensive.
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Funny story. I was at my mother house throwing something in the trash can. The object goes in and brings the store bag down for the 1000's time(the free ones you get at checkout). My mother walked by and says what do you want for your birthday. I said trash bags. She has been using the Costco 13 gallon bags every since.
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Cubicle wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:21 pm I happen to love my in-plain-sight trash container. Because if/when it gets yucky, I take it outside for a washing. I wouldn't want it hidden in a cabinet.
This doesn't make any sense to me. If our in-cabinet slide-out garbage can gets messy (which almost never happens), we can take it outside for a washing. But I don't have to look at it every moment I'm in that part of the house (which is a lot). Win/win.
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I buy bags that sorta fit or good enough. cheap at sams club. I take our trash out to the street, that take a lot of time because our driveway is over a thousand feet long and up a hill. I use the ATV. My wife can't do things like that, which creates a problem such as when I had surgery. Then the trash piles up...then trash bags really help. old fruit is usually just thrown into the forest. dead plants, clippings etc i take out on the atv and dumped around the forest.
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quantAndHold wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:54 am
Hallman wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:45 am This is probably due to me not being from the US, but it seems absurd to me to have a visible trash can in a nice kitchen (how trashy!). Surely it belongs in a cabinet.
More people put them in cabinets than don’t, but some kitchens, especially older ones, are built without a place to do that. We use one of the fancy Simplehuman trash cans for exactly that reason.
I actually have a special cabinet draw that holds two plastic trash containers. However, I don't use them because I don't like the idea of uncovered kitchen trash, even if it is in a cabinet. I use a trash can with a pedal operated lid and I use plastic grocery bags to line it which fit just about right. The trash can has an inner plastic container and I wrap the top of the plastic grocery bag over the top of the inner plastic container so it is not unsightly. Even with using grocery bags for trash we accumulate more than we need so I also occasionally use cloth reusable grocery bags.

I'm not sure what is better from an environmental perspective, using cloth grocery bags 100% of the time and the buying plastic trash bags or doing what I do now. I have noticed that plastic grocery bags and plastic trash bags are different kinds of plastic. Not sure if one kind is worse than the other.
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lazydavid wrote: Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:55 amThis doesn't make any sense to me. If our in-cabinet slide-out garbage can gets messy (which almost never happens), we can take it outside for a washing. But I don't have to look at it every moment I'm in that part of the house (which is a lot). Win/win.
I dunno. The in-cabinet slide-out ones I've seen at people's houses all seem to be gross. The rails, the interior of the cabinet, that un-reachable corner all the way back there....

I'm a little weird when it comes to dirt/grim. In my house I like everything visible so nothing is hiding. I don't have carpet because I can stand the thought of foot sweat fermenting into the fibers. I vacuum my unfinished basement...
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capitalhockey wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:47 pm My wife has a frugal habit she can't shake. For our home trash cans, she used the grocery plastic bags we get from our shopping trip. It's cost effective and allows multiple use of one item which is good for the environment. However, it's not pleasant on the eyes. The bags does not fit perfectly to our modern stainless steel trash cans which is visible outside and not hidden inside kitchen cabinets (too big to fit inside). You have to tie it down on the edges and you can see some portion of it sticking outside of the lid. We spent a good bit of money on remodeling to have a very nice kitchen....it just seem odd to have an ill-fitted bag for a trash can. My wife said I am quirky to have this bother me....I guess I am anal about design and fit. I am also responsible for taking out the trash at home so I guess I notice this on daily basis. Does this bother anyone else?

I work in an office environment where they hire some folks to come by every afternoon to vacuum and pick up trash bins. I noticed the cleaners use customized clear plastic bag for each type of trash bin size. They fit perfectly inside with no traces of it outside. I was thinking of buying something that fits our bin at home. Do you buy specialty trash bags for your home trash bins?
Yes. Who wants to deal with leaks, and stuff falling out. Well fitting garbage bag is a simple pleasure in life.
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We re-use the plastic bags from the grocery stores for small trash bins.
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capitalhockey wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:47 pm... Do you buy specialty trash bags for your home trash bins?
I would not call them "specialty" bags, but yes, I buy extremely cheap plastic bags that fit my home trash bins.
The larger kitchen bag is usually the only one actually changed regularly, as the small bins get dumped/consolidated into that larger one before it's taken out. Most of the time there's nothing but a few dry loose pieces of paper/packaging in the small bins so I see no need to change the whole bag out.
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Idea. OP, screw L-hooks or cup-hooks into wood strips, then glue wood strips into inside of your stainless steel trash can. Bags should then be out of sight.

Idea. If a magnet will stick to your trash can, then can try the hooks with a magnetic base. Suspect this will be an unsatisfactory solution as magnets could move around or fall off.



I like the grocery store plastic bags as they have many alternative uses.

My kitchen trash can it not pretty, but it's behind an open pantry door so generally out of sight. It's plastic with screws (added by me) through top lip from inside to outside. This leave the screw points, pointing outside and down. Grocery store plastic bag handles then fit securely over screw points.

The same plastic bags will fit over the seat belt connectors between front bucket seats---handy for in-vehicle trash.

A bag slipped over a door knob makes a handy room trash bag. As the door is generally open, the bag is not seen.

I've seen the bags stuffed into the courtesy pooper-scooper bag containers along walking/bike trails.

Not looking forward to the day when local grocery store phases them out.
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I buy the bags.

However, for the grocery bags, for those who use a drawer or someother place to hide them - consider this - https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/ ... lsrc=aw.ds

it works very well - you push the bags in, and pull one out when needed - it is actually a very neat storage box.
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

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If you have a SimpleHuman trash can, the interior bucket should have a circular hole on the back side. This is to tuck in the excess bag to make any regular trash liner fit properly without having to buy their specialty one.

We have a cabinet in our kitchen, but both buckets get used for recycling, which we produce about 4:1 vs. trash. Also prefer that trash be covered, although nearly everything that might stink or leak goes down the disposal.
ubermax
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

Post by ubermax »

We've continued the habit of my wife's mother and have 3 buckets - (1)food garbage , (2)non-recyclables , and(3) recyclables - bucket 1 is hidden under our kitchen sink , bucket 2 is much bigger , has a foot pedal , and is visable in the kitchen area - we were using bags from the local ShopRite for the food bucket but now they charge extra for those and so we buy liner bags for the food and non-recyclable buckets and our local garbage pick-up company provides a hard plastic bucket for the recyclables that we keep in the garage and don't line it with a bag - we use our disposal infrequently , probably a holdover habit from the days we lived with a septic tank :happy .
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

Post by yolli71 »

capitalhockey wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:47 pm My wife has a frugal habit she can't shake. For our home trash cans, she used the grocery plastic bags we get from our shopping trip. It's cost effective and allows multiple use of one item which is good for the environment. However, it's not pleasant on the eyes. The bags does not fit perfectly to our modern stainless steel trash cans which is visible outside and not hidden inside kitchen cabinets (too big to fit inside). You have to tie it down on the edges and you can see some portion of it sticking outside of the lid. We spent a good bit of money on remodeling to have a very nice kitchen....it just seem odd to have an ill-fitted bag for a trash can. My wife said I am quirky to have this bother me....I guess I am anal about design and fit. I am also responsible for taking out the trash at home so I guess I notice this on daily basis. Does this bother anyone else?

I work in an office environment where they hire some folks to come by every afternoon to vacuum and pick up trash bins. I noticed the cleaners use customized clear plastic bag for each type of trash bin size. They fit perfectly inside with no traces of it outside. I was thinking of buying something that fits our bin at home. Do you buy specialty trash bags for your home trash bins?
We have a nice Simple Human stainless trash can. At first I bought the Simple Human trash bags that fit perfectly, but then I started buying Glad ForceFlex with Fabreze 13 gallon bags from Costco and those are great. Cheaper than Simple Human bags and very strong and you can't see the bag without opening the trash can.

There's no way I could take using those little plastic grocery bags for trash. As others have mentioned, we use those reusable canvas style bags for groceries and rarely ever need plastic grocery bags.
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

Post by como »

Our kitchen has a trashcan with no lid, so I buy 13 gallon blackout trash bags so edges of the trash bag are disguised.

For our bathrooms and bedrooms, I specifically bought trashcans that are designed to be used with grocery bags. They have places for the handle holes to attach so they stay relatively hidden and fit well.
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

Post by mancich »

We now buy the little bags for the wastebaskets because NYS has banned the free plastic ones we used to get at Walmart and other grocery stores. On a related note, if you use Walmart's curbside pickup option now for groceries (at least in NYS), they now bring out all your groceries LOOSE in plastic bins, and then you have the option of either putting all your groceries in your car loose (which is absurd if you are shopping for a large family), or stand there and pack them into bags that you bring from home. :oops:
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Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

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After composting and recycling, the amount of kitchen waste we generate is very little and the Simple Human Profile Step trashcan is sufficient. Grocery bags works well with this trashcan and they are invisible.
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