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Clear plastic bags

Where in the UK does one go to buy large trash-bag-sized clear plastic bags? B&Q, Homebase, and Sainsbury's do not sell them. They only sell black or green opaque ones.

I really don't have to have them, but it's become a personal challenge. In Canada and the US, I bought them at Home Depot or Canadian Tire, cheaply, in large rolls. Here, I can't find them at all so far. (They're useful for storage of non-trash goods on a temporary basis. Good, therefore, for the casual moving of soft goods.)

Edited to add: Lakeland and Robert Dyas didn't have them either, but Waitrose came through for me! 2.99 for a pack of 10 transparent draw-string bags sold as "Storage Bags". nicolai also offered some good, if more expensive, alternatives, should any of you in the UK ever be truly desperate for such things.


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Jun. 30th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Is clear really a requirement?
We don't tend to show our rubbish off here (unless we're rail stations...).
I have used http://www.polybags.co.uk/ in the past to get specific plastic bag needs. Eg http://www.polybags.co.uk/index_scroll.htm?main=cs_118.htm

Edited at 2008-06-30 03:56 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
If they're not clear, I might as well use normal trash bags with some sort of method to indicate that it doesn't contain trash, but I worry I might confuse them with trash bags. The problem is that I don't want to use them for trash; I want to use them for non-trash, and if I can see what inside, I'm less likely to mistake it for trash.

Thank you for pointing me to a site which sells them, though. It's good to know they're obtainable, albeit at a price greater than I probably want to pay for this. Still, it gives me satisfaction to know they can be got.
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I see your point about seeing the contents.
Another place you might find them is commercial cleaning suppliers (which may well sell retail, you just may need to go to an out of the way industrial estate). Commercial cleaners use them much more than domestic people in the UK.
You might find something suitable at Staples
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
If you can't find any, I'd be happy to mail you some. Or is that against some anti-terrorism rule?
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks to nicolai, I've found some, but at 27.60/200 bags, they're not worth the price to me. It'd be cheaper to import them!

But as I said, it had become the challenge of the chase rather than a real need. They would have been convenient, but they're hardly necessary. Thanks for offering though.
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they existed. I used black bin bags (labelled, if necessary), plastic boxes with lids or the sort of tough clear plastic cover that you vacuum for storage for that sort of thing.
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
In New York City they are mandatory for recycling. I'm not sure exactly why; perhaps the recycling police want to see what you are throwing out?
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
We seem to have a variety of coloured bins, boxes and bags, varying by council. I've got a green bin, a green crate, a green bag and a blue bag. Clear plastic would be a lot simpler!
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Actually that sounds like a pretty good idea. Recycling gets more expensive the more you have to sort out of it. Anything that makes it easier to sort makes it cheaper.
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've never come across them. What I use for things to keep is zip-up under-bed storage bags, which are much more durable even than the bags for garden rubbish.

If I were stuck, I'd use black for rubbish and green for keeping, and put big sticky labels with some indication of the content.
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Waitrose came through for me with the perfect bags, large, draw-string, clear plastic, labeled "Storage Bags" and more reasonably priced than the alternatives at 2.99/10. I've never used under-bed storage bags. Interesting. Good to know they exist.
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
We have far more recycling bags (which are bin bag sized and see-through) than we actually need. Would you like some? How many do you need, and when do you need them by? I should be in all day tomorrow if you want to call in and collect them.

Edited at 2008-06-30 04:52 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
How lovely of you to offer! It would have been nice to make a fly-by visit tomorrow, but Waitrose has provided what I needed - they were labeled "Storage Bags", nice, large, draw-string, and transparent. But if they hadn't, that would have been an excellent alternative.

Does your council provide your excess of bags?
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Glad it's all sorted out now. Yes, the council give them to us. They also give us bin bags; we have an excess of these too. I suppose we're just not doing our bit in the overconsumption race.
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