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Inteplast’s Trash Can Liner Audits Help Businesses Save Money and Improve Sustainability Practices

LIVINGSTON, N.J., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “Most businesses and institutions can save money and support sustainability by auditing the size and material used for their trash can liners,” says Randy Orscheln, director of janitorial and sanitation products for Inteplast Group, a major U.S. manufacturer of can liners and parent company of can liner manufacturer Pitt Plastics.

Orscheln explains that plastic resin, the raw material used for can liners, generally represents 50 percent or more of a can liner’s total cost. If you’ve ever seen a can liner that hangs more than four to six inches over the rim of a receptacle, you’ve seen wasted raw material, he advises, adding that resources are also wasted if a can liner is far heavier or stronger than necessary.

“Our sales representatives conduct can liner audits for high volume users such as educational institutions and healthcare providers,” he says. “They often find opportunities to reduce costs and waste because the client’s purchasing specifications are out of date and don’t optimally match their waste container sizes or applications.”

“We’ve studied typical trash receptacle sizes and their applications in-depth and have the absolute perfect fit and material for each,” he adds. “We manufacture more than 300 different can liners as stock items at Pitt Plastics as part of a product offering we call The Pitt Fit Can Liner System.”

Orscheln references the 44-gallon round, one of the most popular trash receptacle sizes in the U.S., as an example. “If a company is using a 38” x 58” can liner for a 44-gallon round receptacle, instead of a 37”x 50” Pitt Fit liner, 16 percent of the raw material is wasted,” he says. “For a customer that buys 100 cases a month, that represents 220 lbs. of wasted raw material per month, or 2,640 lbs. a year, the rough equivalent of $4,000 to $5,000 in material costs.”

For slim style cans Orscheln says the waste quotient for using the wrong liner is far greater, as much as 44 percent!  “A few small changes can go a long way in source reduction and savings,” he advises.

Inteplast Group and Pitt Plastics have online tools and product grids for customers to calculate and determine the right can liners.  In addition, their sales representatives are provided with comprehensive phone and tablet apps to calculate optimum fit and educate their customers.

Here are their key tips for choosing the right can liner:

  1. Determine the proper liner type for your application: linear low density or high density. (Typically, linear low density has a heavier feel and is more opaque, while high density is thinner in feel and able to hold more weight at lower gauges.) Ask the question: Are sharp objects being thrown away? If yes, linear low can liners are recommended. If no, choose high density can liners.
  2. Determine what size container the liner needs to fit. Overhang shouldn’t exceed four to six inches; anything more wastes material and money. Gallon capacity is usually printed on receptacles.
  3. Decide how much weight it needs to hold. Determine the weight of a full can liner in your environment. Then, refer to the capacity charts in the Pitt Plastics 2015 product catalog or Inteplast Group website.

About Inteplast Group

Established in 1991, Inteplast Group is a leading integrated plastics manufacturer founded on the ideal of American manufacturing. Our products support diverse markets including healthcare, foodservice, packaging, building products, grocery, retail, sanitation, industrial, and graphic arts industries. Headquartered in Livingston, NJ, Inteplast Group is now over 7,000 employees strong and operates over 50 facilities including our flagship manufacturing complex in Lolita, TX. Our dedicated and experienced people are committed to delivering quality products and partnering with our customers to enable their success. Visit for more information.  For information about Pitt Plastics visit

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