Some custodians find it most efficient to dump an office
trash can liner and use it as the "new" liner
for the next office trash can. This saves the custodian
the extra step of pulling out a new liner for each trash
can, saves the organization money, and saves the landfill
from untold numbers of plastic liners.
Plastic liners are available with biobased content.
Biobased content not only reduces our use of petroleum
but makes the bags more readily biodegradable when they
are disposed of in a landfill. Because purchasing plastic
bags with recycled content takes priority over biobased
content and yet biobased content makes the bags more
biodegradable, the U.S. Department of Energy is actively
seeking plastic bags with recycled AND biobased content. The
Environmentally Preferable Bag Matrix shows examples of plastic liners available.