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  •   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

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas

    3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM

  • Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

    Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.



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Illegal Dumping

Discarded TelevisionIllegal Dumping is Everyone’s Problem

Monterey County is home to a thriving agricultural and tourist economy. Solid waste is not only an eyesore; it negatively impacts growers and public agencies that work to clean these sites. Illegal dumping also threatens human health and safety by attracting mosquitoes, rats, and flies. They also are a fire hazard, and may contain dangerous hazardous materials.


Report Offenders

If you observe someone in the act of illegally dumping, contact the police department immediately (911). Record the license plate number and description of the vehicle and person(s) involved, the date and time of the incident, and the exact location. Do not approach the person(s).

If you encounter an illegal dump site by a roadside, please contact either the Monterey County Public Works Dept. (831-755-4800), CalTrans (831-753-0187), or the Public Works Department of the city where the waste is located.

Report dump sites or solid waste accumulation located on private property to the Monterey County Health Department at (831) 755-4505.

You can also report illegal dumping and litter online at www.keepmontereycountyclean.org

It is not permissible for solid waste (e.g. trash, rubbish, garbage) to create a health and safety hazard or a public nuisance even on one’s own property. With few exceptions, weekly solid waste pickups are mandatory at all residential, commercial, and industrial sites. It is illegal to dispose of trash in dumpsters or containers other than your own, or to bury waste (except dead animals).

Residents may haul their own waste to a permitted disposal site. Commercial haulers must obtain a permit from the Monterey County Health Department and must follow the requirements of each city where they operate. Please call (831) 755-4505 for more information.

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is the disposal of solid waste at a site other than a permitted disposal facility, such as a landfill or transfer station.

Penalties for Offenders

Illegal Dumping is a serious offense and is in violation of California Law and the Monterey County Code. Penalties for first offenses range from $250 – $1000 per offense.


The Litter Abatement Program annually removes 150-200 tons of household and industrial materials. Monterey County Environmental Health has partnered with Public Works & Facilities to remove litter along county roads. Visit the Litter Division Webpage to view the map of litter that was collected from the Litter Abatement Program. On the map, points can be selected to view available litter description and/or photo.


Free Disposal Voucher Program

Free disposal vouchers are available if you have been victim of illegal dumping, or if you would like to organize a community clean up event. For more information contact the Monterey County Health Department at (831) 755-4505.

Recycle Your Waste

For disposal or reuse information call 1-800-Cleanup or visit www.1800cleanup.org.
You may also contact Monterey County Recycling Services at (831) 755-4505.

Adopt-A-Road or Highway
Adopt A Road: call (831) 755-4918

Adopt A Highway: call (831) 372-1132

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Wastes are those that may ignite, explode, are corrosive, or are toxic to living organisms. Examples include used motor oil, TV tubes, computer monitors, batteries, solvents, antifreeze, and paint.

For more information on proper hazardous waste disposal, contact a permitted disposal facility, or Monterey County Hazardous Materials Services at (831) 755-4511. Disposal of household hazardous waste is often free.

Medical Waste (Sharps)

Sharps waste means any device having acute rigid corners or edges capable of cutting or piercing, including needles, syringes, and blades (sharps). Sharps are often home generated from self-medication. A rigid sharps container must be used to store sharps waste until it can be taken to an appropriate facility. FREE disposal is available.

For more information contact the Monterey County Solid Waste Section at (831) 755-4505.

Permitted Disposal Facilities in Monterey County

Johnson Canyon Landfill (ABOP)
31400 Johnson Canyon Road
Gonzales, CA
Telephone:(831) 675-2165
Hours:M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
JOLON Transfer station
52654 Jolon Road
King City, CA
Telephone: (831) 385-6213
Hours:M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Salinas Transfer Station
1120 Madison Lane
Salinas, CA
Telephone:(831) 754-2500
Hours:M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sun Street
139 Sun Street
Salinas, CA
Telephone:(831) 424-5535
Hours:M-F 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MTy Regional Waste Mgmt
14201 Del Monte Blvd.
Marina, CA
Telephone:(831) 384-5313
Hours:M-F 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
HHW Tue 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bradley Transfer Station
1/4 mi. North of Bradley-Bradley Rd
Bradley, CA
Telephone:(800) 321-8226
Hours:Sat 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Carmel Valley Transfer Station
9 Pilot Road
Carmel Valley, CA
Telephone:(800) 321-8226
Hours:Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
San Ardo Transfer Station
Cattleman Road
San Ardo, CA
Telephone:(800) 321-8226
Hours:Sat 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


HHW indicates accepts Household Hazardous Waste (e.g. paint, batteries, oil). Hours may be different than those times listed. Call site for details. Disposal is often FREE!

APOB indicates accept Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil and Paint

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