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  •   UPDATED Monterey County EMS Listening Sessions

    The Monterey County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency will be hosting a series of five community-based listening sessions designed to help the County assess the effectiveness of our EMS system. The sessions will be open to residents and community partners and will be structured to encourage feedback and ideas around how to improve our EMS system.

    9/20/2017 2:26:00 PM

  • Recent Cannabis Raid a Reminder that Unpermitted Growing Operations are Illegal

    A recent multi-agency raid on multiple illegal cannabis growing operations in south Monterey County is a reminder that there are restrictions on cultivating cannabis in Monterey County. Engaging in cannabis-related activity in violation of County laws is subject to law enforcement action.

    10/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    The Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Street in Salinas.

    10/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

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no-plastic-bags-MCStarting March 27, 2015 stores that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including clothing, food and personal items can no longer provide single use plastic carryout bags to customers.

  • Affected stores must charge a minimum of $0.10 per bag for each recycled paper bag or reusable bag.
  • Consumers are encouraged to bring any type of bag to a store for their purchases
  • The ordinance does not include single use protective bags used to protect and transport produce, bulk foods, prescription medication, and meats to the cashier.

Frequently Asked Questions

question-mark-150x150Why do we need a Reusable Bag Ordinance?

Single use plastic bags plague our waterways, oceans and natural environments, causing immeasurable harm to marine species and communities. Californians use 19 billion plastic bags every year, creating 150,000 tons of waste. Only 15% of plastic bags are recycled in California. The reusable bag ordinance is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags while reducing litter and keeping plastic bags out of local waterways.—Source: Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance

Keeping Bags Clean

reusable-canvas-bag-w-earth-and-green-backgroundThe fabric or materials in reusable grocery bags can get contaminated with germs like Salmonella or E. coli from food or other items. These germs could then cross-contaminate other food or items we carry in the reusable bag and make us sick. See Care of Reusable Bags for information on how to care for your reusable bags

 

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