Wicket Bags: Pros and Cons

Wicket bags represent a cost efficient, convenient option for many businesses. In a nutshell, they are stacked plastic bags that hang on a wire wicket, held in place with rubber washers and chipboard header in some instances, featuring starter notches or side notches. Typically utilized for hand-loading, semi-automated, and automated packaging equipment, wicket bags are just one application for side weld poly bags, which feature a single opening.

As a business, perhaps a retailer or production facility, you may be wondering how you can increase your packaging efficiency and speed. In this case, wicket bags can more than fit the bill. There are several benefits that come with wicket bags, but as always before making an investment, you should do your research on the pros and cons.


First and foremost, wickets bags can boost productivity on your production line. Because they accumulate together in a neat, organized way, the user can efficiently transfer the product in question to the bag, sending it along to the sealing process.

Another advantage is that there are many applications that wicketed bags provide a purpose for. They can hold a variety of items, particularly popular for use in the food industry as it pertains to FDA-approved wicketed bags.

Yet another advantage is that they can be used in a variety of industries:

  • Food products (baked goods and produce)
  • Textiles (clothing, socks)
  • Plastic Injection Molded Parts
  • Medical Supplies
  • Pharmaceuticals

Lastly, wicket bags can be customized in a variety of ways. For example, you can opt for vent holes, bottom gussets, serrated lips for easier tearing, and tape (permanent or resealable) to seal the lip. Plus, you can print virtually any image or text you want on wicket bags, from your logo to the contents of the bag. 


The only con associated with wicket bags is how they relate to recycling and waste. Wicket bags are secured to metal wickets with rubber washers or grommets; once the bags have been used up, these items remain behind. This can translate to waste for your company.

However, there’s a bright side to this: here at Rutan Poly, we can take back your washers and wickets when you’re done with them, then wash and reuse them in our production facility in an effort to reduce waste.

This con shouldn’t keep you from purchasing wicket bags, of course, but it’s something to keep in mind. The pros far outweigh the cons in this case.

In fact, wicket bags offer multiple benefits to your production floor, in the form of efficiency, convenience and speed.

Contact Rutan Poly Industries

If you would like to learn more about how wicket bags can benefit your business, please contact Rutan Poly today at 800-872-1474.