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Did you Know?
Currently, less than 1% of the plastic bags distributed are reused or recycled and there are over 90,000 bags distributed each week in our community alone.

Using paper bags instead of plastic bags is not a better choice. Yes, paper does degrade quicker in the environment if littered but it takes more energy and resources to produce them. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production.

To contain pet waste, you can use bread bags, newspaper bags or vegetables bags.

Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year using 12 million barrels of oil. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.

Using reusable bags is the best solution. Place bags near your wallet or door leading to your car or bike to remind you to take them.Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulfurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution.


Think before you shop. Bring Your Own Bag
Plastic Bag Ban Printable Bag Ban Flyer

Printable Point of Purchase Card - for retailers

See a comprehensive list of FAQ Questions and Answers below for both shoppers and retailers.


Here's what the ordinance does:
  1. Prohibits all Monterey retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout (shopping) bags, including those advertised as compostable, biodegradable, photo-degradable or similar.
  2. Allows retail stores to provide customers with any size recyclable paper or reusable carryout bags.
  3. Requires retail stores to charge a minimum of 25 cents for paper carryout bags.
  4. Requires retail stores to show all bag-charges on customer receipts; stores keep all revenue. The charge is not taxed.
  5. Allows retail stores to provide carryout bags made of plastic 2.25 mils or thicker, with or without charge at their discretion.
  6. Requires that paper bags to which the charge applies contain at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber and display the minimum recycled content on the outside of the bag.
  7. Promotes reusable carryout bags as the best alternative to single-use plastic bags.

Exemptions from the ordinance
  1. Plastic bags used in stores for bulk items or to protect vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, frozen foods, flowers, deli foods and similar where moisture would be a problem are exempt.
  2. Plastic bags for take-out orders from restaurants are allowed, though use of recyclable paper bags is encouraged.
  3. Dry-cleaner, newspaper, and door-hanger bags.
  4. Restaurants or take-out food establishments that receive 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of food that is prepared on premises.
  5. Non-profit charitable re-users that reuses or recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than 50% of its revenue from the sale of them.
  6. A retail establishment may provide a customer participating in the California Special Supplement Food Program for women, infants, and children one or more recyclable or reusable bags at no cost.
Bag Your Bag & Tie
Bag Your Bag & Tie

Plastic bags are recyclable in the City of Monterey! Place clean and dry filmy plastic shopping bags, clean sandwich & vegetable bags, shrink wrap and bubble wrap intoONE bag and tie at the top.Place the tied bag in your BLUE recycling bin.
An article, posted by Ocean Crusaders, OceanCrusaders.org , explains the magnitude of plastic bags in our oceans:..."Our world uses somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags every single year. They are big numbers but let's put those numbers into perspective. We see these numbers and we go, O.K that's big but have you ever tried to count to 1 million, let alone 1 billion or 1 trillion. To count straight through from 1 to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days. Yep, that's right 11 days. Try 32 years to count to 1 billion. You cannot count to 1 trillion in your lifetime....To read this entire publication from Ocean Crusaders, click here...

  • Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
  • An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
  • Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.
  • Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
  • Plastic bags are often mistakenly ingested by animals, clogging their intestines which results in death by starvation. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result.
  • Even when they photo-degrade in the landfill, the plastic from single-use bags never goes away, and toxic particles can enter the food chain when they are ingested by unsuspecting animals.
  • Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags per year. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production.
  • Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulphurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution.
Think before you shop. Bring Your Own Bag
  • A bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles.
  • Durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mils thick, specifically designed and manufactured for reuse.
  • Contains no old growth fiber A minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Is 100% recyclable.
  • Printed on the outside of the bag in a highly visible manner the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable", name and location of manufacturer and percentage of recycled content.
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