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  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 28th

    On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

    10/23/2017 3:32:00 PM

  • Mann Packing RecallsVegetable Products Because of Possible Health Risk

    Mann Packing has issued a recall for minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found on one of theproducts during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

    10/23/2017 9:38:00 AM

  • Childhood Lead Poisioning Prevention Week

    Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify lead poisoning in children. "The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It's important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about lead testing

    10/22/2017

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Information for retailers

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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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