Guide to Waste Bags

There is now a greater choice of healthcare waste bags available than at any time. In addition to colour coding and mandatory markings, users now have a choice of different sizes, gauges of polythene, gussets, sealing systems, packaging and presentation.

Making the best waste bags requires expertise, experience and an unwavering commitment to quality. Starting from a deep understanding of users' needs we leverage our knowledge of polythene manufacturing and global supply chains to deliver the bags you need at price points you can afford. Check out some key design and anatomy features of GV Health waste bags in the table above.

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Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation

Our R&D teams are always working on developing new blends to achieve the most robust product quality while optimising raw material use.

With technological advances in polythene manufacture, gauge and film thickness are not the only factors to consider when evaluating strength. The development of advanced resins and additives allows manufacturers to design thinner, lighter waste bags that are stronger and more durable than thicker bags made from lower quality raw materials.

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Environmental Impact & Sustainability

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our polythene and plastic based products while continuing to meet the stringent patient safety requirements of healthcare providers.

New manufacturing techniques and material blends have enabled us to use less plastic in our bags while advanced manufacturing techniques mean we have been able to increase significantly the proportion of recycled material across our entire range. Follow this link to learn more about our commitment to sustainability and the environment.

LDPE - Low Density Polythene

The most commonly used bag film, LDPE offers superior tear resistance compared to HDPE liners making it suitable for multi-purpose applications. LDPE is available in a wide variety of colours. On the downside, LDPE is not as strong or dense as HDPE and not as puncture resistant either.

HDPE - High Density Polythene

HDPE liners are more puncture resistant than LDPE liners of the same thickness. HDPE liners can be made much thinner than LDPE liners while holding the same or greater weight. HDPE liners offer users substantial cost savings on a like for like basis.

Quality Certification & Testing

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UN | ADR | UKAS | VCA | CIWM | PIRA

Quality is paramount for the range of polythene products we offer. Not only do we follow strict legislation for the clinical waste packaging which adheres to HSE, WHO and VCA guidelines, we also work closely with CHSA and CIWM to bring quality products at the best possible price.

We operate ISO9001 and ISO13485 systems and are a fully accredited Safe Contractor. We hold certificates for all clinical waste bags from small clinical to carriage in bulk ADR compliant and mattress bags. Our aprons and tabards are tested to ensure the technological advances that allow reduced gauges, greater use of recycled material and reduced polymer content do not compromise strength and performance.

UKAS Accredited Laboratory Tests

Our laboratories carry out a complete range of physical, mechanical, chemical, anti-viral and anti-bacterial testing. The test programme is regularly updated in response to new designs and materials. Bi-modular testing for increased resistance to dart impact in light gauge polythenes was added recently.

  1. PUNCTURE RESISTANCE

    Reversal of Tensile techniques (compression load cell)
  2. IMPACT STRENGTH

    Falling dart (M&S G4 Standard Test)
  3. TEAR STRENGTH

    Swinging Pendulum Tear Tester (M&S G4 Standard Test)
  4. TENSILE STRENGTH/ELONGATION

    Tensometer (M&S G4 Standard Test)
  5. WELD STRENGTH

    Tensometer (M&S G4 Standard Test)
  6. DROP TEST

    UN drop test method 1.2m
  7. PRINT RUB RESISTANCE

    Crock test
  8. OPACITY

    Light scattering technique
  9. SPOT THICKNESS

    Gauge profile analyser (M&S G4 Standard Test)
  10. COLOUR

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  11. SUSTAINABILITY

    Use of Recycled material; Biodegradability