Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Do Clinical waste bags have to have a UN Certification number printed on them?
  • Yes, to enable them to be used for certain medical and veterinary waste they do need a UN Certification. However the Tiger Stripe bags are for low level clinical waste and don’t need to have the UN Certification Number on them.
  • Q. What colours as a general rule are used for different types of waste?
  • Yellow– Clinical waste.
  • Red– Animal Blood and Guts i.e. meat factory Blue tint – Food (because there is no blue food, if the polythene contaminates the contents it will show up. The tint allows the food to be seen inside the bag).
  • Green – Garden and landscaping waste Clear / tint colour – Segregating waste for recycling.
  • Q. What is the difference between a recycled product and a food grade product?
  • With a recycled product the quality can vary and the colour isn’t as good. With a food grade polythene bag the quality of the product is consistent.
  • Q. Is degradable polythene the most environmentally friendly option?
  • There are several reasons why degradable polythene is not as environmentally friendly as you might think. It cannot be made from recycled polythene, only virgin grade material with chemical additives. It should not be recycled with other polythene as it contaminates and reduces the quality of the recycled film, limiting its use. In addition, virgin polythene can be recycled over and over again, whereas degradable polythene is single use.
  • Q. I want bags to line / cover a box. Can you tell me what size I need to order?
  • Yes, if you give us the box dimensions we can calculate the size of bag required.
  • Q. Why should people use Abbey Polythene?
  • We give truthful answers quickly. We don’t have to go off and check with anyone. Everyone on the team is knowledgeable about the products and we are able to adapt quickly and work to tight deadlines.
  • Q. Can Abbey offer a real bespoke, tailor made service to their customers.
  • Yes, we most definitely can.