Streamline your waste management process by exploring our comprehensive Container & Liner Buying Guide. Selecting the right liner and container is crucial to overcoming common challenges, such as liners that are either too small, falling into the can, or too large, resulting in unnecessary expenses and wasted plastic. Our guide not only provides valuable insights into choosing the correct liner size for your container but also offers an extensive overview of various bag types.Dive into the importance of knowing your container size and understanding the applications of different plastics—Linear Low Density Polyethylene (HDPE) for smooth materials and Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) for rough and sharp materials. Discover the significance of gauge thickness and the nuanced measurements of Mil and Micron in evaluating liner strength. Empower yourself with the knowledge contained in our guide to make informed decisions for efficient waste containment and disposal. Explore our range of containers and liners, ensuring you have the right tools for your waste management needs.


Choosing the correct liner and container for your application can help you alleviate issues like a liner that is too small and falls into a can. A liner that is too large hangs over the side of the trash can, which is wasted money and plastic.

Types of Bags

Standard Bags

Sized by gallon and length and width dimensions.


Accufit Bags

Sized to match specific cans. Resulting in less material and a lower cost. Correct sizing won't let bag fall into the can.

LongoPac Bags

Require a specific stand. Unique design that allows bags to be as long or as short as wanted. Zip tie is used to close bottom of bag, and when it is time to change, another zip tie is added to close the top of bag and cut to start next bag.


Container Size

Knowing what size your container is will better help you determine which size liner should be used. If the container gallon capacity is unknown, it can be easily identified by using a Trash Can Sizing Tape Measure. Contact a Product Specialist to request your complimentary sizing tape measure today!


There are two types of plastics used for trash can liners—linear low density and high density. Both have specific applications where they are more suitable.

Smooth & Non-Sharp Materials:

  • Cans/food without sharp edges.
  • Grass, rags, smooth heavy objects.
  • Paper plates, cups, towels, paper.

Use: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Ideal for paper and non-sharp objects under standard transport conditions. Low tear resistance. Uses less plastic than Linear Low Density bags. Excellent dry and wet load capacity.

Rough & Sharp Materials:

  • Plastic eating utensils, food with rough edges.
  • Sticks, rough yard trimmings, or glass.
  • Metal with sharp edges.

Use: Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)

Provides an excellent combination of strength, puncture resistance and tear resistance. Ideal for sharp objects and where transport conditions are tough.


Mil: Term used in the measurement of Linear Low Density Liners. One mil is equivalent to 0.001-inches. Liners range from 0.35 to 4.0 mil.

Micron: Measurement of High Density Liners. 25.4 microns is the equivalent to 0.001-inches. Liners range from 6.0 to 24.0 microns.


Film thickness is not the only standard for judging bag strength. Advanced polymer blend formulations and unique additives allow for thinner, lighter trash bags that are stronger than thicker bags made from inferior polymer blends.

Basic Gauge Recommendations

HDPE Gauge Equivalents & Recommendations

Small Cans
Light6-9 Mic
Mid-Size Cans 
Medium10-12 Mic
Heavy13-14 Mic
Larger Cans 
Extra Heavy15-17 Mic
XXH18-22 Mic

LLDPE Gauge Equivalents & Recommendations

Small Cans
Light0.30-0.49 Mil
Medium0.50-0.60 Mil
Mid-Size Cans 
Heavy0.61-0.74 Mil
Extra Heavy0.75-0.80 Mil
Super Tuf0.81-1.0 Mil
Larger Cans 
Super Heavy1.1-1.2 Mil
XXH1.3-1.9 Mil
XXXH2.0-3.0 Mil