HOW DO I?
Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump
Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.
1/19/2018 3:07:00 PM
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update Communitiy Meeting
Monterey County Behavioral Health will be hosting regional meetings to present an update on the Mental Health Services Act and get community feedback and input regarding some current and future MHSA activities.
2/23/2018 3:28:00 PM
What is the purpose of this new regulation?
Approximately 75% of California’s solid waste generation comes from commercial sources, which includes commercial, industrial, construction/demolition activities and multi-family residential complexes. In the unincorporated areas of Monterey County, approximately 54% of solid waste generated came from commercial sources. Of which, only 25% was recycling.
The passing of AB 341 will divert commercial solid waste to recycling efforts, reduce disposal fees for businesses and reclaim valuable resources. Recycling also saves natural resources, helps California’s environment, promotes economic growth and recycling sector job creation, and reduces impacts to global warming.
Who will this affect and what does the new regulation require?
Commercial businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multi-family residential complexes of five (5) units or more must implement a recycling program.
When did this bill go into effect?
July 1, 2012
What is the proper response?
Affected commercial businesses and multi-family residential complexes should contact Monterey County Recycling Services to schedule a FREE waste assessment. Recycling Services staff will review what is currently going in to your garbage, help you find ways to divert recyclable materials, and provide you with service level recommendations to ensure your business is equipped with the proper garbage, recycling and yard waste collection service. Service level adjustments may also lead to a reduction in disposal costs. Recycling Services may be reached at (831) 755-4505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other information needs to be communicated?
Recycling Services staff will also provide employee and/or custodial staff training to ensure everyone understands what is and is not recyclable and help you sustain a successful recycling program. Tourism based businesses (bars, restaurants, hotels) and multi-family residential complexes may also qualify to receive free indoor recycling infrastructure, such as collection bins, labels, and brochures. Contact Recycling Services for more information.
How can I find out more?
Below is a list of additional resources to help you implement a recycling program at your business or multi-family residential complex:
- Commercial & Multi-Family Complete Disposal & Recycling Guide (PDF)
- Read AB 341 (Chesbro)
- California Department of Resources Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle)
- Commercial Climate Calculator