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Clear Bag Questions & Answers

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Why do I have to put my garbage in a clear bag?

Victoria County has switched to a clear bag program in an effort to increase recycling and composting. We must meet provincial regulations to reduce our waste. A clear bag makes it easier to see if waste has been sorted properly and helps to reduce the risk of injury to our waste collectors.

Have the sorting rules changed?

No. Clear bags have replaced black or dark green solid coloured garbage bags.

What do I do with personal waste?

Waste of a personal nature can be placed in a privacy bag. This is a solid-coloured bag (a white kitchen-catcher style or a grocery bag) that is tied and placed inside the clear bag. One privacy bag is allowed for each clear bag. Typical items in a privacy bag can include soiled tissues, soiled diapers, feminine hygiene products and other health related items. An exception may be granted for those who produce more than the weekly limit of privacy bags for medical reasons.

Will I have to use clear bags for recyclables too?

No. Blue bags remain for recyclable materials; green bags for food and compostables.

I still have black bags left over. What can I do with them?

You can use the black bags for clothes that you wish to donate to our Pink Bin program.

Can I use plastic grocery bags as my privacy bag?

Yes. Grocery bags may be used as a privacy bag and one may be placed inside a clear bag. If the contents of your shopping bag are food waste, place the food waste into a green bag and the soiled grocery bag into a clear bag (because it is soiled, it is considered garbage). If the grocery bag contains regular garbage, it must be emptied into the clear bag.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Bethune at 902-295-2117 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.