Understanding Refuse Bags – Sizes, Colours and Closure Types

No two people are alike as we have different preferences and styles. The same applies to refuse bags as they are incredibly versatile, and are available in various sizes, colours and closure types. This article will help you gain a greater understanding of refuse bags and their versatility.

A refuse bag is a bag that is used to dispose of waste. Refuse bags are not only convenient, but they are the most sanitary method you can use to dispose of your trash. They greatly assist in minimizing the odour from bins, and they make the disposal process less messy as all the garbage goes into the bag avoiding contact with the bin container.

Different types of refuse bags exist, which include:

1. Supa Mama Value Range – 18 Microns

 These refuse bags are typically used in households or for office trash.

 2. Supa Mama Black (25 Microns) and Heavy Duty (30 Microns)

These bags are used for industrial applications as they can withstand sharp objects such as glass shards. This is because they are tear and puncture-resistant.

3. Supa Mama Swing Bin liners

Bin liners are similar to refuse bags; the only difference is that refuse bags are a lot stronger than bin liners. Due to the size and capacity of bin liners, they can only hold a small amount of waste. Bin liners are usually used in swing bins in kitchens, bathrooms for guests and hotels to keep the container as hygienic as possible.


Refuse Bag Sizes

Refuse bags come in different sizes, and this ensures that they can have many functions and purposes. The size of the refuse bag you choose should be able to have enough space for your bin. Using a bag that is too big means that it will overhang, and choosing one that is too small might mean that it won’t fit into the bag. Supa Mama bags have the convenience of drawstrings. They are easy tie and easy carry drawstrings for more hygienic handling.

Different bags are suitable for the different types of waste, and the sizes of refuse are:


  • Value refuse bags: These bags have a 5kg maximum weight capacity, and they are suitable for general office and paper waste such as paper and cupboard.
  • Black refuse bag: With a weight capacity of 10kg, these bags are best suited for domestic waste such as food packaging and light food waste.
  • Heavy-duty refuse bag: These bags have a maximum weight capacity of 15 kilograms and are suitable for catering waste like food prep waste and leftover food waste.


General Refuse Bags Colours

 The different colours that refuse bags have are not to make them aesthetically pleasing but serve to colour code waste. Each colour of the refuse bag is to indicate the kind of waste is in the bag. Below are the different colours that refuse bags have and what they mean.


1. Black refuse bags

Black is the most common colour for refuse bags. This is because black refuse bags are used for general waste. Regardless of how hard you try to minimize waste, it is impossible to not have any. Black is the most suitable colour for garbage because it ensures that the mess is contained, and it is neat when it is time for pickup. Some of the waste that is included in black bags includes contaminated food packaging, tissues and polystyrene.

2. Clear refuse bags

The second most popular refuse bag to use is the clear refuse bag. Clear bags are used for dry recycling featuring materials such as metal, plastic, paper and cardboard. Since they are transparent, it ensures that the trash is visible to the people responsible for the proper assortment. Using clear bags also makes it easier for those who collect bottles and cans for money as they can use clear refuse bags to store the material they want to recycle easier in order to identify all at the can and bottle redemption centre.

3. Yellow refuse bags

Yellow refuse bags are used to dispose of waste that requires caution when handling. The type of materials used include hazardous material, biohazard wastes and infectious waste. For this reason, they need to be marked as they require a lot of care because they are dangerous.

4. Red refuse bags

These bags are used for material waste in healthcare facilities. Some items you can find in these bags include pathological, biologicals, and infectious agents used in research laboratories. Failing to do so could lead to them receiving hefty fines.

5. Green refuse bags

These bags are eco-friendly as they are biodegradable. This means that you won’t have to worry about destroying the environment. Items stored in green bins are compostable such as fruit, vegetables, animal waste, house plants and diapers.

6. Blue refuse bags

The blue bags are from the municipality for non-soiled recyclable materials like plastic, paper, glass, cardboard etc.


Refuse Bag Closure Types

 Refuse bags can be with or without closure. The most common and most used refuse bags have no closure, but they have paper-coated wires used to seal the open ends. Closures ensure that you handle your waste better. Refuse bags that come with closure have tie tops, tie handle, drawstrings and a flatter top. Closures also ensure that the waste is sealed securely and in the case of flat tops, that there is minimal contact. Did you know that Supa Mama was the first Refuse brand to innovate with a drawstring in Africa?



Waste is something that none of us can avoid. By understanding more about refuse bags, you can ensure that you handle your waste better.