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  • It’s time to know your TB status and risk!

    The California Department of Public Health has announced that 2,091 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) disease were identified in the state in 2018, an increase compared to the 2,059 cases reported in 2017. TB is one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases and is one of the top ten causes of death, causing more deaths each year than HIV/AIDS. The health department continues to advocate for increased testing and treatment of latent TB infection because treatment prevents people from developing TB disease. Latent TB infection means that an individual has the germ that causes TB, but it is not yet making them sick. Treatment of latent TB infection is essential to achieve a TB-free California. This year’s World TB Day (March 24th, 2019) theme is: It’s Time!

    3/22/2019 9:00:00 AM

  • Notice of Monterey/San Benito County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Application Process for Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) 2019 Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA).

    On behalf of the Leadership Council, the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) issued its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) on February 8, 2019. Eligible activities include; expansion of homeless bed inventory through new emergency shelters, warming shelters, transitional, permanent or other homeless housing; operating and/or supportive services for new homeless beds; rental assistance, rapid rehousing, eviction prevention and/or move-in assistance; street outreach programs; health and safety education services; criminal justice diversion programs; housing navigation services; landlord mitigation programs; targeted case management and other related activities.

    2/11/2019 9:28:00 AM

  • Monterey County’s Water Resources Agency is looking for community members to serve on its Basin Management Advisory Committee

    The Monterey County Water Resources Agency is seeking applications for three (3) vacant public member seats on the Basin Management Advisory Committee (BMAC).

    2/6/2019 9:28:51 AM

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Information for retailers

Thank you for joining the effort to make the implementation of Monterey County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance (no. 5244) a success. This webpage will help provide you with answers to your questions as well as provide you with the resources you need for your business to inform your customers about the ordinance.

 

Summary of Ordinance

  • The Ordinance affects all retail establishments that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including clothing, food and personal items
  • The Ordinance does not apply to restaurants, take-out food establishments, and wholesale agricultural produce packing and shipping businesses in unincorporated Monterey County.
  • Affected stores may no longer provide customers with thin-film plastic single-use carryout bags to customers at the point of sale.
  • The sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags should be itemized separately on sales receipts.
  • Stores affected by this ordinance must charge $0.10 or more per bag. These bags must meet the specification of the ordinance.
  • Protective bags without handles are allowed for items such as prescription medication, fresh produce, meat and bulk foods.
  • Customers purchasing food with WIC and CalFresh/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be provided a recycled paper bag or reusable bag at no cost.

 Recycled Paper Bags

The paper bags your store offers for sale at checkout must meet the following requirements:

  • Paper bags must not contain old growth fibers
  • Bags must be a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content paper
  • Bags must be 100 percent recyclable
  • Bags must have the following information printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag:
    • The word “recyclable” and or “reusable”
    • Name and location of the manufacturer
    • The percentage of post-consumer recycled content

 

Reusable Bags

The reusable bags offered for sale at checkout must have handles and be designed and manufactured to:

  • Be at least 4.0 mils thick, if made of plastic and capable of being cleaned and disinfected
  • If made of cloth or other washable natural or synthetic fibers that can be cleaned and disinfected
  • Have a minimum life expectancy of 125 uses.

 

Sale of Recycled Paper Bags and Reusable Bags

  • All sales of recycled paper bags or reusable bags shall be itemized on the sales receipt
  • The minimum a retail establishment shall charge is $0.10
  • All proceeds from the sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags are retained by the retail establishment with no restrictions on use.
  • Customers purchasing food with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Food Program and CalFresh should be provided one or more recycled paper bags or reusable bags at no cost.

 

Protective Bags

Protective bags made of plastic, no bigger than 11”x17” without handles are allowed for the following reasons:

  • To transport produce, bulk food or meat within a store
  • To transport produce, bulk food or meat to the point of sale at a farmers’ market
  • To hold prescription medication dispensed from a pharmacy
  • To segregate food or merchandise that could damage or contaminate other food or merchandise when placed together in a bag
  • Garment Bag regardless of size

 

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