The latest unfunded mandate in our lives is the rule that you have to use clear plastic bags so the recycling police can easily identify scofflaws. St. Lawrence County Legislator Joe Timmerman is opposing the mandate and the local paper editorializes that his opposition, based on privacy, is absurd.
The people pushing for the bags say it increases recycling, reduces trash, and prolongs the life of the massive landfill in Rodman. The same people are also pushing for single stream recycling but the aformentioned JCC survey shows people don't want it.
Recycling and trash rules are not universally embraced and the further away you get from opinion leaders, people seem ambivalent.
I practice single stream, but it costs extra. I do it as a personal favor. In fact I think my bags are clear too. I didn't ask for them, I just ordered a case of bags from the Perkins.