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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.



FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions



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Recycling and Resource Recovery Services implements and promotes recycling and waste reduction programs throughout the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.  We facilitate waste diversion efforts by providing technical assistance, resources, and educational materials. 

 These are some of the most-frequently asked questions about our recycling services. 

General FAQs

A: Refer to this website’s Waste & Recycling Haulers list for contact information.

A. You can put clean glass, plastics (#1-7), cans, paper, cardboard and other recyclable materials in your curbside recycling bin.

A.You may qualify if:

  • The property is either undeveloped or vacant, or
  • All solid waste produced on the property is recycled or composted, or
  • The property has a long, narrow, or steep driveway where garbage/recycling collection equipment is unable to properly and safely
  • operate.

A.For unincorporated residents you can request an application by contacting one of the following:
Email: recycle@co.monterey.ca.us
Call: (831) 755-4505
Visit: 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, Ca 93906

Recycling Oil

A.There are several ways to recycle used oil and filters. You can drop off the oil and filters yourself at any of the participating drop off centers in Monterey County. Another option is curbside collection through your local garbage and recycling hauler.

A. There are used oil and filter collection centers located in the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Moss Landing harbors. For more information please contact the Monterey County Health Department at (831) 755-4505 or 1-800-CLEANUP.

A. There are free agricultural oil and filter drop off sites in Salinas, Hollister, King City and Santa Cruz for growers that produce 27 gallons or less of used motor oil per month and a 55 gallon drum or less of used oil filters every 6 months. Please contact each site to make an appointment.

Recycling Solid Waste

Refer to our Reduce, Reuse & Recycle and Business & Commercial Reuse and Recycling guides for more information on your recycling needs.

A. Yes, we have brochures, flyers and pamphlets for distribution. Contact us at (831) 755-4505 for more information.

A. Look under “Recycling Centers” in our Reduce, Reuse & Recycle guide. Please call the centers to verify hours of operation.

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