Somewhere between those blue shopping bags from IKEA — honestly, I see at least one person a day in Brooklyn hauling their soiled wearables to the local laundromat in one of those bad boys — and a roll-off Dumpster comes the Bagster, the newest innovation from those green-thinking trash hounds at Waste Management.
Dubbed as a “dumpster in a bag,” the Bagster is meant to be used for disposing of waste and debris resulting from smaller scale home improvement projects where renting a Dumpster is overkill but more than a single garbage can is most likely needed: garage or attic organization/clean-out sessions, seasonal sweeps, small renovations, landscaping and roofing projects, de-hoarding your mother-in-law's house, that kind of stuff.
The formidable size and strength of the Bagster is no joke. Measuring 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and over 2 feet tall, a single Bagster bag can hold up to 3 cubic yards or 3,300 pounds of household junk. So the answer is no, they're probably not best to use for hauling your dirty laundry down the street.
There is a fee for pick-up — check here to see if your state is serviced — at around $100, it’s cheaper than renting a Dumpster and less time-consuming and laborious than borrowing a friend’s flatbed pickup truck, filling it with overflowing contractor bags, and heading to the dump where you’ll most likely be charged by pound for all of your waste.
One eco-caveat: for safety reasons, a Bagster bag, once filled and collected, cannot be reused. However, according to WM's Think Green blog, the bag itself is made from recyclable polypropylene fiber and will most likely find a second life as carpet backing or car insulation once it serves its initial purpose.
Scott Rhodes, the co-founder of Bagster, also points out that the actual collection of a Bagster bag is green given WM's "ability to reduce the transportation emissions fuel consumption associated with dumpster pickup." According to Rhodes, 75 percent of unnecessary driving to service Dumpsters is eliminated with scheduled Bagster pick-ups.
Also, two things to keep in mind: you can’t put just anything in a Bagster — things like paint, oil, batteries, CFL bulbs, and umm, medical waste should be disposed of properly. And remember, if you stumble across a salvageable item during a home improvement project set it aside for donation to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore instead of tossing it in a Bagster.
Head on over to Waste Management’s Bagster website to learn more. Anyone out there used a Bagster for a home improvement project? While pretty flawless in theory, I've read a few mixed reviews here and there. What was your experience?