Garbage Bags Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Garbage Bags Market by Sales Channel – Direct Sales and Distributors/ Wholesalers for 2021 - 2031

About the Report

Increase in waste generation is often related to urbanization and economic development. Driven by the increasing waste generation the demand for garbage bags is expected to rise. Rising need for effective waste disposal right from households to commercial places is anticipated to boost the growth of garbage bags market in the years to come.

In its new study, ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) offers insights about key factors driving demand for garbage bags. The report tracks the global sales of garbage bags in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the garbage bags industry.

How the Historical and Future Outlook of Garbage Bags Market Match Up?

As per the World Bank, urban population has increased from 3.957 billion in 2015 to 4.196 billion in 2018. With focus on urbanization at all-time high, most regions are exhibiting demand for effective solutions for waste disposals. This factor has been singled-out as one of the chief drivers of garbage bags market.

Hygiene continues to be crucial for wellbeing of humans and environment. According to, East Asia and Pacific region generates nearly 468 million tons of waste annually. Since, waste generation is expected to grow with economic development and population growth the demand for garbage bags is poised to surge. According to FMI’s analysis, garbage bags sales have grown at 5.8% CAGR between 2016 and 2020.

Though garbage bags are beneficial to maintain hygiene, one factor which cannot be looked over is the material which is used to make garbage bags. Polyethylene is vastly used to manufacture garbage bags which could be a major threat to the environment if not recycled properly. Thanks to awareness around threats posed by plastic waste to the environment, sustainability has become a key concern among consumers. They are likelier to support brand which can provide greener alternatives.

Shift in population from rural to urban areas has created the problems associated with waste generation and waste disposal.  Garbage bags have been highly effective in segregation and management of waste. Garbage bags have allowed for storing and transporting waste without the risk of spreading infections. These bags also ensure maintenance of proper hygiene.

Public awareness regarding the importance of hygiene and sanitation and increasingly growing waste generation across the globe are fuelling the demand for garbage bags. These factors present attractive opportunities for growth. FMI has forecast the global garbage bags market to grow at 5.8% CAGR through 2031.

How Are Government Initiatives and Policies Affecting Garbage Bags Sales?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five. This can be prevented by consuming safe drinking water and maintaining proper sanitation and hygiene.

The increasing per capita income of the population has led to rising adoption of consumer and convenience goods. Preference for single use or disposable products among the consumers is increasing owing to changing lifestyles. This also adds to the already pressing concern of waste generation. Moreover, the surge in single-person households is expected to produce more waste per person than families and groups.

Multiple diseases such as diarrhea, yellow fever, Lassa fever and malaria among the others are a consequence of garbage dumps or improper sanitation which carry the risk of contamination. Dumping grounds often become mosquito breeding grounds, which can cause the spread of various diseases.

Governments and local authorities play an important role in promoting sanitation and hygiene practices. For instance, the United States Environmental Protection Agency regulates household and industrial waste with the aim of protecting citizens from hazards of waste disposal, conservation of energy and natural resources, reduction and elimination of waste and cleaning up the waste which has been improperly disposed. Stringent regulations on waste disposal can encourage the growth of garbage bags market.

Will Odor Blocking Garbage Bags Launch Propel Growth?

One of the main aspects of maintaining a clean surrounding is minimizing bad smell and preventing potential spread of germs. Use of odor blocking or scented garbage bags can help in keeping these problems at bay. Odor blocking garbage bags keep it relatively easier to keep the surroundings clean and fresh. These garbage bags are lined with carbon layer to absorb odors, whereas scented garbage bags are incorporated with scented particles into the bag it itself is made of.

Some garbage bags possess both the technologies wherein they are effective at blocking odors and are incorporated with scented particles as well. Customers with demand for such preferences will create opportunity for the manufacturers to expand their product offerings.

How is Preference for Green Alternatives Affecting Garbage Bags Sales?

The increasing demand for eco-friendly products has translated into impressive opportunities for manufacturers who choose to stay aligned with requirements of their customers. Depletion of fossil fuels and natural resources has been increasing the need for products that do not cause harm to the environment.

This has been encouraging garbage bags manufacturers to invest in environment-friendly technology and materials. Biodegradable and compostable products play an important role in the packaging industry. However, the scope gets hampered due to the additional cost of acquiring biodegradable plastics which is comparatively more expensive than the traditional plastics used for production of garbage bags.

Biodegradable garbage bags have no impact on the functionality. These bags are often preferred by consumers who are more interested in a sustainable living.

Healthcare Industry Exhibiting High Demand for Garbage Bags

As per World Health Organization (WHO), out of the total waste generated by the healthcare sector around 85 percent is non-hazardous waste. The remaining 15% not disposed properly may be infectious, radioactive and toxic. Another major problem is the open burning of healthcare waste which can release emissions of dioxins, furans and particulate matter.

There are various measures which can ensure safe and environmental waste management of healthcare wastes to prevent adverse health and environmental impacts. Major sources of health care waste are hospitals and healthcare facilities, laboratories and research centers, animal research and testing laboratories, autopsy centers, blood banks and nursing homes.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), countries with high income generate an average of 0.5 kg of hazardous waste for each hospital bed per day compared to low income countries which generate an average 0.2 kg. Major concern regarding the waste generated from the healthcare activities in low income countries is that they do not get separated into hazardous and non-hazardous waste category which makes the real quantity of hazardous waste much higher than reported.

Such enormous amount of waste generation requires proper waste disposal system where garbage bags play an important role in waste collection at initial levels. Moreover, many companies are providing garbage bags in red, yellow and blue colors to target the hospital and health care sector, which can help in easily identifying the nature of the waste.

How Will Bans Imposed on Single Use Plastics Be a Concern for Garbage Bags Producers?

Governments and local civic bodies are considering a number of different ways to reduce the usage of plastic bags. Though there are multiple benefits of garbage bags, the fact that majority of the garbage bags are produced using plastics cannot be ignored. Improper waste disposal is a major threat to water bodies, landfills and lives on earth. Some countries are focusing on implementing programs for effective recycling while the others are imposing bans or fees to reduce the use of plastics.

For instance, the European government has restricted sale of single use plastics in order to reduce the sale of lightweight bags. France and Italy are enforcing a ban on single-use HDPE plastic bags which carry high risk of contaminating water bodies and land. This can cause major hindrance to the plastic garbage bags market which might restrict the growth of plastic garbage bags in the years to come. This has further led to the inclination towards biodegradable plastic bags.

Demand for Paper Garbage Bags to Propel Growth

Paper bags have been in use since centuries for multiple applications. Climate change and plastic pollution has become a major challenge for many cities around the world. Plastic garbage bags have a significant impact on the environment and there is urgent need to reduce their consumption.

This has provided paper garbage bags companies lucrative opportunity to grow, since they are of compostable nature and would cause significantly less harm to the environment. Though paper bags are less durable compared to that of plastic bags, they can be used for household waste disposal and storage. Paper is an energy saver and can save huge amount of energy compared to plastic garbage bags. Further, recyclability helps in conserving natural resources and offset significant amount of carbon footprint.

Paper garbage bags made of kraft paper with vegetable based liners prevent leaks and are excellent for scraping food waste and are eco-friendly. Demand for paper garbage bags is expected to go up in the years to come owing to environment sustainability concerns.

Country-wise Insights

Canada’s Rising Per Capita Waste Generation Fuels Garbage Bags Demand

Canada’s total waste generation was estimated to be 36.1 metric tons annually in 2018. Therefore, each Canadian generates approximately 2.7 kg of garbage every day. This also includes the enormous volume of waste generated by industrial and agricultural sectors.

According to the Canadian government, industrial waste generated from metal manufacturing, chemical manufacturing and oil refining has led to generation of various hazardous chemicals which has made industrial waste generation a long standing problem in the country.

Various steps adopted to curb waste generated on a day-to-day basis will fuel the demand for garbage bags in the country.

Public Awareness for Hygiene and Sanitation to Augment Demand for Garbage Bags in India

Waste management in India is based on the principles of sustainable development, precaution and polluter pays. Rapid urbanization in the country is creating massive waste management challenge. In this scenario, waste segregation and disposal plays an important role in proper waste management system.

Haphazard dumping of waste has further aggravated the increasing landfill problem in the country. Awareness initiatives about hygiene and clean cities often emphasize on the importance of waste disposal. These initiatives have proven quite helpful in creating awareness, thus fuelling the demand for garbage bags. Development of smart cities and redrawing solid waste management strategies are anticipated to reinvent garbage management in the country.

Soaring Concerns Pertaining to Waste Management Fuelling Garbage Bags Sales in U.S.

The total municipal waste generated in the United States was 294.4 million tons in 2018, this means that each person generated around 4.9 pounds of waste per day. The municipal waste is more than 23.7 million tons in 2018 compared to 2017. Food waste comprised of more than 20% of the waste in United States.

Recycling has been in focus for the governing bodies. Out of all the municipal waste generated, approximately 69 million tons was recycled. A very important activity for recycling is proper segregation of waste from household and industrial sources. Steps taken to achieve this have been favoring garbage bags sales in the U.S.

Waste Reduction Industry: One of the Fastest Growing in China

China is one of the world’s largest waste generators. Forecasts suggest that by 2030, the volume of China’s waste would be double than America’s municipal solid waste. Though the Chinese authorities are rigorously involved in reducing the amount of waste generated in the country, there is still waste which ends up in landfills and flows down in the oceans.

At the same time, China is the leading force in the global digital economy consisting of 42% of global transactions. This creates opportunity for innovative digital solutions to manage waste which ensures proper waste management. Steps taken to curb waste generation also are expected to boost garbage bags sales in the country.

Border 2020 Program to Address Waste Management Issues in Mexico

Border 2020 Program is an environmental program implemented under the 1983 La Paz Agreement which emphasizes on improving environmental and public health problems in U.S and Mexico. One of the goals of the program is promoting materials management, waste management and clean sites.

Growing trade and manufacturing activities in the border region has resulted in increasing population. Increasing population has led to high demand for improved waste collection and management methods to reduce the volume of waste piling up in the landfills. Segregation at the point of collection would eventually prevent trash from contributing to the marine debris.

Category Wise Analysis

Hospitality Segment to Witness Highest Growth

The hospitality segment is anticipated to witness maximum positive change in the BPS along with the highest growth. The growth is attributed to the demand for garbage bags in hotels and restaurants which is extremely important to keep the surroundings clean and protect the interest of customers. Filthy or dirty surrounding can lead to dissatisfied customers in the hospitality industry.

World’s largest hotel chains have come forward and emphasized on the importance of cleanliness in the industry in order to retain customers. Customers associating a brand with cleanliness and hygiene is a crucial factor determining the success of a brand in the hospitality industry. Thus, garbage bags play an important role in locking and keeping the waste intact without the spread of stink or infections in the surrounding.

Further service segment is anticipated to exhibit high demand for garbage bags owing to the critical requirement of cleanliness in the catering industry. Improper hygiene and spread of infections through pathogens due to unmanaged or uncovered waste can lead to risk of multiple health conditions.

Polyethylene Garbage Bags Highly Preferred by End Users

The most commonly preferred types of garbage bags are those made of polyethylene. Polyethylene garbage bags have high strength and tear resistance. There are three type of polyethylene used to manufacture garbage bags, namely low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which have their own set of advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, strength, puncture resistance and load capacity. Garbage bags made form polyethylene offer remarkable stretch resistance and are used for a variety of end uses. Proper disposal and recycling can help to overcome the sustainability challenges associated with polyethylene. Affordability, availability and recyclability are major factors which are anticipated to augment the growth of polyethylene material used for garbage bags.

30-90 Liters Capacity of Garbage Bags Ideal for Holding Heavy Debris

The 30-90 liters capacity of garbage bags can be used in homes, offices, shopping complexes, restaurants and hotels amongst others. Further, they are convenient to carry when compared to lower capacity of garbage bags which also prevents the mess caused due to trash falling from the garbage bags. 30-90 liters capacity of garbage bags are preferred to hold debris which are heavier and might tear garbage bags of lesser capacities.

FMI has also projected that the sales via direct sales channels will continue to pick up, enabling growth in the market.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in the garbage bags market are aiming at expanding their businesses by introducing new products. To cater to the dynamic consumer preferences, the market players are investing in research and development activities.

Using new materials to manufacture garbage bags has been a key trend. Manufacturers are even using advanced manufacturing techniques and a carefully balanced mix of plastics to reduce the volume of material used to ensure they don’t lose their strength. At the same time adoption of new technologies will enable them to reduce their carbon footprint.

For instance, Terdex GmbH provides garbage bags made of Linothene®. Linothene® has beneficial material characteristics such as high tensile strength and load bearing capacity. The material is eco-friendly due to lower material usage which significantly decrease CO2 emissions. Moreover, the films can be reused and recycled.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

  • Terdex GmbH
  • Novplasta
  • S.R.O, Extrapack Ltd.
  • Dagoplast AS   
  • International Plastic, Inc.
  • MirPack TM
  • Pack-It BV
  • Achaika Plastic S.A
  • Plasta.It
  • Primax D.o.o

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of the Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Material Type, Capacity, Temperature Range, Sales Channel and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Terdex GmbH
  • Novplasta
  • S.R.O, Extrapack Ltd.
  • Dagoplast AS   
  • International Plastic, Inc.
  • MirPack TM
  • Pack-It BV
  • Achaika Plastic S.A
  • Plasta.It
  • Primax D.o.o

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Market Forecast, Brand share analysis, Competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

  • Who is the Leading End User of Garbage Bags?

    Services sector currently accounts for the largest share in the global market for garbage bags among end users. The segment is anticipate to account for over 25% of total demand throughout 2031.

  • Which Material is More Preferred for Manufacturing Garbage Bags?

    Polyethylene is the most preferred material for manufacturing garbage bags. The demand for polyethylene is expected to decline over the forecast period owing to regulatory bans on single use plastics.

  • Which is the Most Preferred Capacity in the Garbage Bags Market?

    30-90 litres capacity of garbage bags is highly preferred by the end users. This segment holds over 35% market share.

  • Which Are Some of the Leading Companies Offering Garbage Bags?

    Some of the leading companies offering garbage bags are Terdex GmbH, Novplasta, S.R.O, Extrapack Ltd., Dagoplast AS, International Plastic, Inc., MirPack TM, Pack-It BV, Achaika Plastic S.A, Plasta.It and Primax D.o.o. among others.

  • Which Sales Channel Account for Boosting Sales of Garbage Bags?

    As per FMI analysis, direct sales contributes towards the lion’s share in the garbage bags market. Direct sales are beneficial when it comes to bulk purchase is also offers better cost advantage.

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Garbage Bags Market by Category

Material Type

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Others


  • EPS
  • PUR
  • VIP
  • PCM
  • Others

Temperature Range

  • Up to 30 Litres
  • 30-90 Litres
  • 90-150 Litres
  • Above 150 Litres

Sales Channel

  • Direct Sales (Manufacturers)
  • Distributors/Wholesalers

End Use

  • Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Product & Construction
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Civil Government
  • Defense
  • Transportation


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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