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Does the use of clear garbage bags increase waste diversion from the landfill?
Yes. Many municipalities around the world have implemented clear bag programs, and all report an increase in the amount of recyclable materials that are diverted from the garbage into recycling programs. In some cases, overall diversion rates increase by 10 per cent above current rates with the implementation of a clear bag program.

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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?