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  • Family and Food Safety First this Thanksgiving

    Eating healthy this Thanksgiving begins with basic home food safety practices that are known to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Monterey County Health Department is reminding all cooks entering the kitchen this season to follow the Fight BAC!® basics of home food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

    11/16/2017 5:35:00 PM

  • Sixth Annual Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante (ACOMI) Conference

    The sixth annual Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante (ACOMI) women’s health conference is being held Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm at Hartnell College. This free conference is specifically for Spanish-speaking immigrant women.

    11/16/2017 3:46:59 PM

  • Safe Travels Via Salinas Grant to benefit 65+ population and Elementary Schools in Salinas

    The Monterey County Health Department announced today that it has been awarded $130,000 as part of a Safe Travels Via Salinas grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. This grant will bring pedestrian safety education to the 65+ population and bike education to schools in Salinas. The yearlong grant start date was on November 13, 2017 and will benefit three elementary schools in East Salinas – Bardin Elementary, Cesar E. Chavez, and Dr. Oscar F. Loya Elementary.

    11/15/2017 3:54:00 PM

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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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