Anton Savage: Irish bin bags are a load of rubbish – it’s time we went down the American route

They have it right stateside when it comes to super-sturdy refuse sacks and tin foil, while we struggle on with our paper-thin alternatives

‘American bin bags are amazing . . . On US trips, my baggage allocation is now exploited to the nth degree; 20 kilograms of bin bags. And tin foil’

Robert Emmet’s speech from the dock should actually have finished: “Let no man write my epitaph until my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, and the citizenry can buy decent bin bags.”

As a nation, we’ve made extraordinary strides. Our rural electrification was the envy of the world. Our economy is one of the richest on the planet, our quality of life is in the top ten per cent and our ...