rooms. The colored bags are more suited for waste separation.
Special requests are possible at any time. “We’ll even provide
gold-colored bags for someone who wants them,” says Sören Dede
with a wink. Of course, companies can also have their logo printed
on each individual bag.
From jute to plastic
When Emil Deiss founded the company in 1931 in Hamburg, its
specialty was purchasing the used jute bags that were left over by
coffee importers and roasters. The plastic garbage bag was developed
in the 1950s by the Canadians Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen
and Frank Plomp. With the move to plastic bags, Deiss’s core competence
also changed from jute bags to trash bags. Today, Deiss
offers over 5,000 products – exclusively in the area of garbage
bags. The quantity of garbage bags produced by the company
also remarkable. Circa 100 million classical blue 120-liter garbage
bags are made each year. If these were seamlessly connected,
they would circle the earth almost three times. “And this is only
a small part of our total production. This makes it all the more
important to use recycled material for our products,”
Dede. Polyethylene bags are made of so-called reclaimed materials.
These are previously used plastics that have been recycled and
processed into new raw materials for the production. Regranulate
– reclaimed materials processed to granulate – is created at the
end of the recycling process. The more homogeneous the plastics
used in the recycling process are, the more tear-resistant is the
bag. For high-quality trash bags, material thickness and composition
are both crucial. The more varied the films used to make a
trash bag are, the more probable is it that the bag will tear later.
How often do bags tear in everyday life? “Normally, hardly at all.
But if the garbage bags are used incorrectly, it is possible for one
to tear now and again,” explains Sören Dede. This doesn’t usually
have to do with the thickness of the material. “Most cleaning
Sören Dede (Marketing Deiss, right) demonstrates to Šefik Ünsal from
the tear-resistance of the innovative garbage bags.
carts have brackets for 120-liter trash bags. If a smaller bag is
hung in this bracket and overfilled, the bag may tear on the upper
edge because it is suspended in the air, while a 120-liter bag lies
on the floor of the cleaning cart,” says Sören Dede. To illustrate
of a garbage bag: a human hair is 80–100 μm; on
a 30-liter garbage bag is about one-tenth as thick.
Introduction of the new garbage bags in all objects
The Universal Plus garbage bags have been on the market since
the beginning of 2017. Dorfner wants to gradually introduce these
new bags in all objects. At Datev, they are already in use. “It is
important to us that the conversion process be completely straightforward.
This is why we have kept the same article numbers and
packaging units as the previous models,” explains Sören Dede. The
prices have also remained the same. To constantly improve and
develop the products, Deiss is in constant contact with users. “We
speak regularly with cleaners to find out how we can optimize the
quality of our bags. How can we help simplify the handling of the
bags? The process of changing the bags should be especially easy,
fast and self-explanatory. After all, the faster the garbage bags can
be exchanged, the more time there is for other ‘important’ cleaning
services,” explains Sören Dede.
Peter Engelbrecht, co-CEO of the Dorfner Group, appreciates the
cooperation with Deiss especially because they “think about the
little things, i.e. like tear-resistance or the handling of the garbage
For Šefik Ünsal, object manager of the Dorfner Group, it is impor-
tant that “the cleaners’ daily tasks are easier and more convenient.”
Šefik Ünsal began as an apprentice with the Dorfner Group in
1999 and started working for the first time at Datev then. Since
2008, “Mr. Datev”, as his colleagues like to call him, is the object
for the various buildings of the IT service provider. N
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Participants in the field test (left to right): Tekmine Biber (Dorfner),
Sabine Meissner (Datev). Sören Dede (Deiss) and Šefik Ünsal (Dorfner).
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