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How to use LDPE Bags as Hazardous waste bags

November 18, 2017


INDUSTRIAL PLASTIC BAGS

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Plastics have emerged,1940 and became popular for Industrial as well as for consumer use. On an Annual basis, approximately 260 million tons of plastics are produced worldwide. Plastics are categorized into Recyclable Plastics and non-recyclable plastics. Recyclable Plastics include PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate), HDPE(High-Density Polyethylene), V (Polyvinyl chloride), LDPE(Low-density Polyethylene), PP(Polypropylene), PS (Polystyrene) and many more. Among these LDPE is most preferably used as Bags for Industrial Applications. LDPE Bags have low melting point and are tough and flexible. They have moisture barrier properties because of which, they are mostly preferred to dispose of the hazardous Industrial waste.

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How to use LDPE Bags as Hazardous waste bags

Hazardous waste is the waste disposed of specific sources such as Industries, which cause a major threat to human life. As these Hazardous wastes are highly reactive, these are subjected to disposal as early as possible. Such a disposal is achieved only through LDPE Bags with a thickness of 50 microns, available in degradable, bio-degradable and compostable forms. LDPE bags can be used as Hazardous waste bags as they resist water and weather conditions.

Best Guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste using LDPE Bags

Nearly 6.2 million metric tons of Hazardous waste is produced every year which undergoes final disposal in secured landfills or gets incinerated or gets recycled.  Therefore final disposal is only possible through transportation based on the guidelines issued time to time. The following are the best guidelines for the Disposal of Hazardous waste using LDPE bags-

  • Characterization of the Hazardous waste: Whether the waste is Reactive, Corrosive, Toxic or Ignitable.
  • Management of waste such as-Segregation, Handling, Containment, Labeling and Storage
  • Transportation
  • Treatment, destruction and disposal through Incineration, Landfill or recycling.

Types of Hazardous waste bags

Hazardous waste may be from any specific source such as, wastes from Industries,  based on which Environmental Protection Agency has listed into-F, K, P & U. F-List includes hazardous waste from manufacturing Industries, K-List includes hazardous waste from specific Industries, U &F-List includes wastes from commercial chemical products. Apart from Industries, wastes from other sources may also be hazardous if they meet at least one of the characteristics of hazardous waste. The hazardous waste may be a contaminant, a sharp, a solid or a Liquid, based on which the Hazard waste bag is selected. If at all the Hazardous waste is a contaminant then Blue coloured Hazardous waste bag has opted. For Pharmaceutical hazardous waste yellow and Black coloured Bags are used Black for hazardous waste containing Sharps, Yellow for hazardous commercial chemical products. All these Hazardous waste Bags have specifications along with the print to warn as HAZARDOUS WASTE.

CHEMICAL WASTE BAGS

The leftover chemicals in the laboratories or dispensers containing chemicals which are of no use but may be incompatible, inflammable and toxic in nature, such chemicals are considered as chemical wastes. Such Chemical wastes are hazardous in nature.  Segregation of such Chemical wastes for Disposal should meet the requirement such as Packaging, Labeling and Storage.

CHEMICAL PACKAGING

Packing such chemical wastes, in the containers or bags that are compatible with the chemical waste are called as Chemical waste bags. Chemical waste bags are selected based on the property of the hazardous chemical waste such as Toxicity (T), Reactivity(R), Ignitability (I), Corrosivity(C). Therefore, The Chemical packaging will be in accordance with standard practice to ensure safe delivery to destination and are referred as the secondary containment.

BIOHAZARD WASTE DISPOSAL GUIDELINES

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Biohazard waste is the wastes containing biological agents such as microorganisms generated either in Pathological Laboratories, Research Labs or in Patients infected tissues. These Biohazard waste are of 4 types namely-

Sharps: which include things like needles; saw blades, slides that which are sharp enough to puncture the skin.

Solid Biohazard waste: Which include specimen materials such as body tissues of human or animals.

Liquid Biohazard waste: Which include Body fluids and blood.

Pathological Biohazard waste: Which include removed human organs, tissues and Body parts.

This Biohazard waste collection is attained only by following the Biohazard Waste Disposal  Guidelines-

  • Firstly Identify the Biohazard waste disposal, whether it is a sharp, infectious or contaminated.
  • Storing the Biohazard waste in the bags which are leak proof and resistant to tear.
  • Disposal of the Biohazard waste after treatment into a landfill or incinerated.

Proper disposal of Bio-hazardous wastes using LDPE Bags

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These Biohazard waste are collected in LDPE bags, which are available in Opaque, Red and Yellow colour with a diameter of 30 to 40 inches and with a Biohazard symbol.

HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE PRODUCTS

  • Biohazard wastes other than sharps should be segregated in opaque Biodisposable LDPE bags with a minimum thickness of 3 mils and a maximum of 6 mils.
  • Biohazard waste such as infectious wastes should be segregated in red Biodisposable LDPE bags labelled as infectious and with universal biohazard symbol
  • Biohazard waste such as chemotherapeutic wastes should be segregated in yellow  Biodisposable LDPE bags labelled as chemotherapeutic  waste and with universal biohazard symbol

How LDPE Bags Are Superior Than Common Bags?

July 8, 2016


What are LDPE bags?

Low Density Polyethylene bags or LDPE bags are often considered as a better replacement to ordinary plastic bags, which are thick and non-biodegradable. Ordinary plastic bags are a hazard to the environment as they cannot be easily disposed of. This is where Low Density Polyethylene bags become important as they have a high degree of transparency and flexibility. In comparison to the ordinary plastic bags, the LDPE bags are better suited to store perishable items like food products and medicines. These bags keep food products fresh and increase the shelf life of pharmaceuticals like tablets, bottled medicines etc. LDPE bags also offer protection against bad odour, mold, mildew and various other spoilage organisms.
Low Density Polyethylene bags are designed in such a manner that they are unaffected by moisture, dust, air and other impurities present in the outside environment. The bags are also odourless and toxin-resistant, thus making them a better choice over ordinary plastic bags. LDPE bags are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can also be custom-made depending on the specific requirement of the customers.

Why LDPE Bags are Better than Plastic Bags?

Nowadays, the general trend is of people preferring Low Density Polyethylene Bags rather than plastic bags. What are the reasons behind this change? Read on to know more…
The major advantage of ordinary plastic bags is that they are “ordinary”. They are very cheap and easily available. In spite of all these plus points, more and more customers are opting for LDPE bags. This is because of the following reasons:

ldpe bag superior than common bags1) The Low Density Polyethylene bags are thick gauged in comparison to the regular plastic bags and this work out well when heavy and a number of objects are to be carried. The ordinary plastic bags cannot carry this much weight and is one of their biggest disadvantages.

2) The second advantage of switching to LDPE bags from ordinary plastic bags is that they are highly recyclable and reusable. Most of the plastic bags available in the market are for only one-time use. That, however, is not the case with LDPE bags. These bags can be reused multiple times and come in handy as kitchen catchers. Low Density Polyethylene bags are known to have a reuse rate of around 40-60%.

3) People also choose Low Density Polyethylene bags over ordinary plastic ones as they do not biodegrade. This does not apply for bags with additives. As they are not biodegradable, these types of bags are highly useful for landfills.

4) Another major benefit of opting for LDPE bags is that it shows great resistance to high temperature. So even if the outside atmosphere is not conducive, products kept inside these bags will not be affected as it is highly adjustable to the surrounding environment.

5) The LDPE bags are also preferred for their leak-proof texture and their resistance to punctures. Ordinary plastic bags always buckle under excess weight.

The Invisible but Important Support: Plastic Multi Layer Bags

November 12, 2014


In today’s world, there is nothing more widely and frequently used product than polyethylene or multi layer bags popularly known as plastic bags. One cannot imagine life without plastic. It has become so embedded in our life that however environmental conscious we become, there is no way around using plastic.

Multi-layer bags or the plastic bags protect the contents from various environmental factors like rain and dust. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is most commonly used for making plastic bags. For waterproofing solutions also, multi layer bags are a very good choice. These are reliable and cost effective, and protect the contents by keeping them in the same condition as it was when packed. LDPE Bags are widely used in day today life and also in different industries like automobile, electronics, pharmaceuticals and garment for packing purposes. Available in various sizes, these bags can be customized as per the requirement.

Advantages

  • Reliable and cost effective
  • Water proof and dust proof
  • Flexible, yet strong
  • Chemical & corrosion resistant
  • They are translucent or opaque with lower tensile strength.
  • A preferred form of food grade packaging material for liquids like juice and milk

Manufactures today also employ the same method to make LDPE that was used in 1933 to manufacture low-density polyethylene (LDPE) as the first grade of polythene. This method involves using a high pressure process via free radical polymerization. These bags are translucent or opaque, quite flexible yet tough and with lower tensile strength and has high resilience.

Although, there are many competing products, the demand for multi layer bags is still very strong in today’s market.

Triple Laminated Bags

The food grade ability of LDPE bags has ended the search for a cheap reliable packaging solution for both dry and wet food products. The Multi Layer Bags are a preferred form of food grade packaging material for liquids like juice and milk. The cartons are made of liquid packaging board, which is a laminate of paperboard and LDPE as the waterproof inner and outer layer, and often with a layer of aluminum foil, thus making it an aseptic packaging.

Disadvantages

  • It’s not biodegradable.
  • These threaten the life in the water bodies, affecting the marine eco-system.
  • They cause drain clogging.
  • These are harmful for animals if swallowed while eating food items.
  • Low grade colorful LDPE bags contain lead and cadmium, which are toxic to store food items.
  • If burned in open air, hydrogen cyanide is released which is carcinogenic.

LDPE Bags for Pharmaceuticals Capsules Packaging
As of now, recycling is a practical solution to combat the negative effects of plastic. LDPE bags users need to be educated more about recycling for the sake of not only the environment, but also because it makes more economic and production sense to recycle and reuse rather than process more and more.

LDPE bags – A cost effective solution for upholding API’s excellence

August 19, 2014


Ensuring the safety of the products is always very important in any industry and predominantly in the food and pharmaceutical industry. When it comes to the safety of the products or ingredients, there can’t be any better solution than LDPE bags. It is a very cost effective way to preserve the products from all sorts of outer conditions. Conditions such as water, moisture, heat cannot have any impact on the products when LDPE bags are used for the packaging. The application of these bags is mostly seen in the food and pharmaceutical industry where products require to be prevented from moisture, mold and mildew.
LDPE bags are vastly used for API packaging. API is Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. At the time of transporting API in powdered or beads form these bags are used to protect the ingredients from outside environmental effects. Protecting the quality and chemical nature of the API is very important since it has got lot to do with the health of the humans or other living beings. In order to produce high quality tablets or capsule, the ingredients have to be in perfect condition.

LDPE bags have a large role to play in pharmaceutical industry. These bags are used for protecting ingredients for long term use. In cases when these ingredients are stored for long term transportation, the risk of spoilage or damage is always there. But this packaging makes sure that the ingredients don’t lose their original qualities in any weather condition. Basically these bags works as a protecting shield to uphold the characteristics of the ingredients. What about any reaction of the ingredients with the materials of these bags? Well, these bags are made from chemical free substances so that the inside ingredients don’t cause any adverse reaction. LDPE bags for API packaging are a wonderful as well as cost effective solution for maintaining the originality of the chemical ingredients.

LDPE bags for API packaging

These bags are available in various sizes and shapes and these are approved by FDA. Moreover, these can be made according to the needs of the users. Here are some of the advantages of LDPE bags used for the packaging of API:

  •   Firstly, it prevents the inside ingredients from moisture, water and other weather impacts. It also maintains the natural quality of the ingredients.
  •   Secondly, due to the chemical free substances of these bags, it can’t cause any reaction with the products thus increase the shelf life of the ingredients.
  •   These bags work absolutely fine in high temperature. Not only that in any extreme weather condition these bags provide the maximum protection.

The protecting ability of these bags depends on the film thickness. At the time of packaging the film thickness requires to be selected accordingly.


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