When my girlfriend and I started to stop using as much plastic and throw away items the first thing we did was stop using plastic trash bags. It was a very easy transition living in a small apartment. We went bought two square containers, one for trash the other for recycling, and a small counter top compost bin. With the organic materials going to compost the trash never smells, and items are easy to dump in the trash and recycle bins outside. Also never have to worry about bags breaking as you walk to the bin. No more plastic bags and less trash to the landfill.