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Why is the Town implementing a clear bag program for the non-residential sector?
Requiring the use of clear bags to dispose of waste materials is a tool which fosters waste diversion. Numerous communities around the world have implemented the same clear bag requirement, and have found that use of clear bags for garbage increases the materials being diverted for recycling and organics processing, and decreases the quantity of materials in the waste stream.

Implementing a clear bag program also improves worker safety by enabling waste collectors to more easily identify if there are sharp objects such as broken glass or needles, or hazardous materials such as oil, paint or corrosive materials in the bag, prior to handling.

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1. Why is the Town implementing a clear bag program for the non-residential sector?
2. Does the use of clear garbage bags increase waste diversion from the landfill?
3. Do clear plastic bags cost more than traditional black plastic bags?
4. What should I do with my leftover black garbage bags?
5. Can I put smaller opaque plastic bags in the clear garbage bag?
6. Are residents required to use clear bags for garbage?