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  • Puppy Stolen from County Shelter; Staff Asking for Public’s Help

    Monterey County Animal Services is asking for the public’s help to find a puppy that was stolen from the county shelter on Hitchcock Road Friday night, September 14th.

    9/16/2018

  • Big Safety Testing Failure Rate For California Pot Products – CBS San Francisco

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

    9/14/2018 1:49:02 PM

  • Illegal Dumping - A Growing Problem We Can Solve

    Illegal dumping costs California taxpayers millions of dollars every year . In Monterey County, cleaning up illegally dumped mattresses, televisions, and other household furniture and trash is not only expensive for local governments, it is expensive for private property owners who become victim to illegal dumping; rural land owners, particularly farmers and ranchers, share a high burden of these costs.

    9/10/2018 11:25:00 AM

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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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