Here's a new test I've been working on:
The trash that spills out of the bag just ended up being sort of like mud or compost simply because I didn't want to model and animate a bunch of small objects, so sue me! Just rigging the bag was a trick in itself. This situation itself is actually very familiar to me from my two years experience as a barback in a New York City restaurant. I'm just glad to be making new CG stuff for my reel again!
(P.S. The character rig I used is called the 'Malcom Rig' and I got it courtesy of AnimSchool.com)