I applaud the gentleman from Hamburg in his stand against clear plastic trash bags. Does the village assume he is bagging recyclable material in his dark plastic bags? Let the village workers examine his trash bags if this is what they believe. If, in fact, his trash is "legal," then it should be picked up immediately.
I also would not "bare my soul" at the curb with clear plastic trash bags. What I use and discard, above and beyond recyclables, is no one's business. This is truly a case of too much government interference. As long as his recyclable bin is being used weekly, this is proof enough he is within his rights to privacy.