Product Type: Tesco household products
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Tesco Value Refuse Sacks
Tesco Value Refuse Sacks
Author Name: daisylee3
Tesco Value Refuse Sacks
Date: 07/08/11, updated on 07/08/11 (85 review reads)
Disadvantages: Not very strong but can be doubled up, no handles
These sacks are a real bargain and are the only bin bags that we use in our house hold - I do not see any point in paying a fortune for bin bags when they go straight in the bin - why pay more when you can get 30 of these for 66p? They're not dirt cheap and average at 2.2p each, the really cheap ones average at something like half a pence each or something silly like that so these are a very reasonable price and you know they're not going to be ridiculously naff. The bags are called 'refuse bags' which are basically bin bags, I had never heard the term 'refuse bags' before I came across these so I was a bit confused at first lol. The bags are in the Tesco Value range which is always pretty decent quality, however these aren't amazing to be honest but it doesn't stop me from using them - for the price they are decent quality. They physically look like any other bin bag, they're wateproof and are made out of plastic. Size wise they are around the same size as any other bin bag however seem quite a bit longer than the other brands of bin bags I have used in the past.
The bags are all rolled up in a cylindar shape and are attatched to each other - they pull off one by one. This is handy as it's quick and easy to do and is also a neat way of storing them rather them been piled up in the cupboard. The bags are very awkward to find the opening of, it seems to take forever! The bags have got a white label wrapped around them with the Tesco Value logo on them and the product name (30 refuse sacks), this rips off easily so that the roll of bags can be undone. The bags stupidly don't have handles, and so I just tie the end in a knot. The fact it doesn't have handles is not a huge inconvinience to me personally, but it would be handy if the bag did have handles as it would save time and be more comfortable to carry but lets face it, it takes 2 seconds to stick the bag in the bin so it doesn't really matter. The bags are very lightweight, and are very thin. They have quite a strong plastic smell to them which is noticeable but after a while you get used to it.
They usually hold around a kilogram (estimate!) of lightweight rubbish such as crisp packets etc before they start to strain, and any more and they simply rip which is a nightmare especially if it's food etc because of rats/foxes etc and it is unnesscecary mess. If you are disposing of anything heavy such as house hold items etc it is best not to use these bags as they are so thin. I usually double up even with lightweight rubbish because although the bags are large they can not cope with the strain of much rubbish at all. I made the horrific mistake of using one of these bin bags to put charity donations in, and when I was on the bus on my way to town it burst open, spewing clothes everywhere which was embarrising and there was only 5-6 lightweight tops so it's not like I had put a brick or two in there lol.
As you can tell they are fine for lightweight rubbish, food scraps etc but not for slightly heavier items and I usually put the bag in the out side bin when it is half full, even if it doesn't break when I am carrying it there is a chance that it could break when the bin men are loading it into the truck and make a mess. If it has food in I always double bag it because the bag is lightweight enough for a cat/fox etc to steal lol which isn't great as because it is a plastic bag it is a hazzord to the animal and leaves a mess too. Obviously I don't mean when the bag is in my bin but because my bin is often overflowing I am sometimes forced to store the bin bags in my shed until collection day. I know that sounds gross but it's more hygeinic then keeping it in the house as these bags do not mask the smell of food or rubbish at all.
Overall, the Tesco Value bin/refuse bags are decent for the price, I personally am loyal to the brand purely for the price rather than quality and doubling up is usually neccessary so i'd remember that if you are going to buy these are for 66p you essentially only get 15 bags instead of 30 which is still good value but worth remembering. The bags do the job in keeping rubbish secure and are easily transportable from the inside bin to outside bin and into the bin men's lorry (no spillages that I know of, i've had no complaints of the bags breaking or rubbish on my drive) so I can't complain.
Summary: Not very strong or good quality bags but the price makes up for that