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Trash Bags Market Size, Share and Analysis By Material (PE {Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)}, and PP), By Type (Star Sealed, Drawstring, Wavetop, C-fold, Flat Seal, and Gusset Seal), By Sizes (3-13 Gallons, 14-50 Gallons, and Above 50 Gallons), By End-user (Residential, Commercial, and Industrial), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region :Global | Report ID: FBI107323 | Status : Ongoing



A trash bag also called a garbage bag, is a disposable bag used to collect and dispose of waste materials that can be either dry or wet. Trash bags are used in our homes and public spaces such as parks, hospitals, offices, schools, and hotels. Ensuring the quality and durability of these bags is essential to avoid any spillage or leakage of waste. These bags are effective in minimizing the odor of the garbage that is tightly packed inside. The bags are generally available in various colors and sizes, with each color and size holding a different use or function. Single-use plastic garbage bags are the cheapest and are widely used as a waste disposal solution as they offer a convenient way of handling waste. Key factors propelling the growth of the trash bags market are the increasing global population, rapid urbanization, and an increase in waste generation. High public hygiene and sanitation awareness and changing consumers' lifestyles have encouraged essential trash bag market players to introduce innovative and sustainable products.

  • For instance, in September 2022, Reynolds Consumer Products launched new limited-edition Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Ultra Strong™ Trash Bags. These bags are strong, dependable, and delightfully scented.

  • In November 2019, the leading player, Novolex launched Eco Blend Max, a new line of trash can liners made with 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. This trash can liners are designed mainly to fit the commonly available trash cans.

Growth of the trash bags market is primarily driven by rapidly increasing consumer environmental awareness and shifting from single-use plastic garbage bags to greener, sustainable options. With the growing understanding of the negative environmental impact of using plastic bin bags, there has been a high demand for trash bags made with recyclable and eco-friendly materials such as HDPE, PET, LDPE, recycled or biodegradable polythene, and woven polypropylene. Further, the rising government initiatives for eco-friendly waste management and increasing focus of manufacturers to offer sustainable waste disposal solutions such as plant-based, biodegradable, and compostable trash bags are expected to boost the growth of the trash bags market in the forthcoming years. Trash bag design improvements in durability, flexibility, tear resistance, and environmental sustainability are also expected to drive global market growth.

Increasing environmental concerns globally and strict government regulations against plastic products' use as they contribute to increasing environmental degradation and pollution levels hinder the market growth of trash bags. Various disadvantages associated with plastic trash bags are also expected to lower the demand for these products in the forecasted years. Plastic garbage bags are difficult to recycle, and when dumped into oceans and seas, they break down into micro-plastics which can majorly harm marine life. Moreover, such bags take up to thousand years to decompose or biodegrade and are thus responsible for fossil fuel depletion. All such factors impede the market growth of trash bags.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a slight and short-term impact on manufacturers of trash bags was observed. The sudden shutdowns and lockdowns led to a decrease in the availability of raw materials for trash bag manufacturing. The shortage of labor and fluctuating prices of raw materials negatively impacted the production of final products during the early stages of the pandemic. However, with the increasing positive cases, the need for trash bag supply from the residential sector to follow preventive measures was witnessed. Many doctors and nurses used garbage sacks to protect their arms while working to save their patients, which highlights the potential increase in demand during Covid-19. Further, during the early stages of Covid-19, the demand for trash bags was lower in the commercial and industrial sectors due to the halt in operations.


The report will cover the following key insights:

  • Recent Advancements in Trash Bags Market

  • Key Industry Trends

  • Regulatory Landscape for Trash Bags Market

  • Key Industry Developments (Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships)

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


Based on the material, the market is segmented into plastic (PE {low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)}), and PP. Polyethylene (PE) dominates the growth of the trash bags market as it is durable, flexible, and tear-resistant. Among the PE segment, HDPE is widely used for heavy-duty garbage bags. It is made up of linear molecular chains that have minimal branching. As the molecular pattern is straight, HDPE becomes a strong material, and tough garbage bags can be made with this plastic. They are more rigid and are essential in resisting punctures. Since high-density trash bags are thinner, less material is used, making them less expensive.


The market is segmented by type: star sealed, drawstring, wavetop, c-fold, flat seal, and gusset seal. Star seal trash bags are the most dominating segment of the trash bags market. Significant growth of this segment can be attributed to the increasing demand owing to their flexible design, tear resistance, durability, and suitability for dry and wet waste. The flexibility of these bags effectively allows them to conform to trash cans of any shape or size. As they are made from recyclable polymers such as LDPE, PE, and HDPE, they can carry heavy loads of garbage, thereby driving the growth of the global trash bags market. Moreover, these bags are user-friendly and prevent garbage leaks or spills, thus boosting the growth of this segment.


The market is segmented based on sizes: 3-13 gallons, 14-50 gallons, and above 50 gallons. The 3-13 gallon trash bag segment holds the largest market share in the trash bags market. These bags are measured at 2 MIL in thickness, making them easy to store and dispose of, and as they don't easily rip or tear, they have a wide range of applications. Residents and businesses use 3-13 gallon trash bags for tall kitchen trash bins and waste disposals as they are reliable and easy to use. This is the ideal size for trash bags as they can easily be tied and carried for disposal. They also line kitchen trash bins, waste containers, litter, and bins in commercial places.


Based on the end-user, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. The residential segment is the significant dominating segment of the trash bags market. The dominance can be attributed to the increasing disposal of waste food to control its odor and the rising awareness of cleanliness among the residential population. Both dry and wet waste can be adequately managed, which positively drives the growth of the trash bags market in the residential sector. Trash bags are also used among the residential population as they serve to be eco-friendly to nature. The high use of trash bags among homes and residences for hygiene and to prevent the spread of infections also drives the growth of this segment.


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The trash bags market has been studied across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Regionally, the global trash bags market is expected to witness the dominance of North America on account of the presence of key manufacturers in this region. Key factors contributing to the market growth in the North American region are rising environmental concerns among the population, a rise in disposable income, rapid urbanization, and a growing need for hygiene and safety. Moreover, the increasing usage of eco-friendly and biodegradable garbage bags, especially in the US and Canada, is fostering the market growth of trash bags in the North American region. Further, the introduction of plant-based trash bags and the presence of leading players such as Berry Global Inc., Glad, Four Star Plastics, and Reynolds Consumer Products also drive the North American trash bags market growth.


The report will include profiles of key players such as Berry Global Inc., The Clorox Company, Novolex, Reynolds Consumer Products, Interplast Group, Ltd., Poly-America, L.P., International Plastics, Inc., Four Star Plastics, Cosmoplast Industrial Company LLC, Novplasta, Alpha Omega Plastic Manufacturing LLC, ALUF Plastics, BioBag International AS, Complete Packaging & Shipping Supplies, Mapco Pvt Ltd., Polykar Industries Inc., The Clorox Company, and Universal Plastic Bags.


By Material

By Type

By Sizes

By End-user

By Geography

  • PE


  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)


  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)


  • Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)


  • PP

  • Star Sealed

  • Drawstring

  • Wavetop

  • C-fold

  • Flat Seal

  • Gusset Seal

  • 3-13 Gallons

  • 14-50 Gallons

  • Above 50 Gallons

  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Industrial

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Rest of Asia-Pacific)

  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, and the Rest of Latin America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, G.C.C., and the Rest of the Middle East & Africa)


  • In February 2020, RKW Group, a leading German plastic films manufacturer, in partnership with Emil Deiss KG, expanded its production capacity for waste bags at the Echte Site. The company commissioned two new production lines with a capacity of 3,000 tonnes per year. This offers the film manufacturer's total stock to ten lines with an annual capacity of 15,000 tonnes.

  • In December 2019, TOWNEW Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd introduced an automatic trash can, ‘Townew,’ fitted with a refill ring and a recyclable material to create 25 trash bags. The touchless design opens the lid with a wave of the hand. When the bag is complete, a button press on the front seals the bag completely, opens the top assembly for bag removal, and closes to pull a new bag into place.

  • In November 2019, Glad, a leading American trash bag manufacturer, introduced new plant-based bin bags to promote sustainable waste management practices. The new ‘Glad to Be Green’ bin bags contain up to 20 percent sugarcane fiber and have a reduced carbon footprint compared to conventional plastic bags.

  • In July 2019, Massy Distribution (Jamaica) Limited announced the launch of its new, biodegradable garbage bags Green Housekeeper (GHK). These bags are designed to be recyclable, environment-friendly garbage using D2W technology and offer high strength and robust flexibility.

  • In April 2019, Albertsons announced the launch of 17 compostable and eco-friendly products that will be part of the Open Nature line. These launches mostly contain garbage bags, lawn and leaf bags, food scrap bags, and similar products.

  • Ongoing
  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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