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The Difference Between Trash Can Liners - Which Density Trash Bag is right for me?

You've seen trash bags, tons of them. You know there are endless differences and specifics to them, but as a business owner, you don't have the time to sit down and learn it all.

Let us make it easy for you with our trash can liner guide.

Can Liner Density

Your trash can liner's density is based on the resin used to produce it. The two main types of resin you'll see are HD or high density, and LD or low density.

High Density Trash Can Liners

High density liners are thinner and less puncture resistant, usually found in a "natural" but not fully clear color. Although they aren't as strong as their big brother, the low density can liner, they're economical and great for office bins and trash cans that are used for tossing out paper and lightweight trash. They're also very temperature resistant and combat odor well.

To keep it simple, high density trash can liners are:

  • lower priced

  • great for light duty uses

  • tearable by sharp objects

  • not stretchable

Suggested Uses:

  • paper, tissue, office

  • rags & towels

  • non sharp objects

Low Density Trash Can Liners

While high density trash can liners are thinner and built for light duty use, low density is just the opposite. Low density trash can liners are exactly what you need for your restaurant kitchen, building maintenance, or any other janitorial need. Low density and linear low density trash liners are typically black in color and come in much thicker strengths. They're also superior at stretching, making it much harder for them to rip and tear, an absolute necessity with any waste that isn't almost entirely paper. If you're transporting waste that has any kind of liquid in it, a tear in the trash bag means you're going to need to deal with a huge mess, a dry cleaning bill, and a serious shower. On the plus side, low density resin doesn't "zipper". What this means is that in the event that your trash bag does get a hole poked into it or gets a tear, the tear won't open up and tear open the entire bag.

To summarize, low density trash can liners are:

  • stronger

  • great for medium and heavy duty uses

  • won't tear or rip

  • stretchable

Suggested uses:

  • heavier waste

  • plastic utensils & foodservice disposables

  • food & drink

  • sharp objects


High density and low/linear low density can liners both have their place, and the choice is best made by identifying what type of trash you'll be disposing of. If there's one message to remember here, it's that high density can liners are less expensive, while low density can liners are stronger. If you can only go with one type of can liner, low density can handle it all.

In our warehouse at Kevidko, we use high density liners in our office bins, but use low and linear low density in the warehouse cans. As one of the top suppliers of trash can liners in Southern California, we're happy to share our expertise as well as be your favorite provider of not just can liners, but also janitorial supplies, cleaning chemicals, foodservice disposables, paper products, and innovative packaging solutions.

Contact us today to start helping your business grow. We've partnered with thousands of businesses in Los Angeles and beyond to help maximize their profits and minimize their headaches, you can be one of them. Give us a call at 855-KEVIDKO (855-538-4356) or email to learn more.

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