Effective January 1, 2013, the cost for paper bags at all retail facilities in the City of Monterey will increase from 10 cents per bag to 25 cents per bag.
ALL FEES COLLECTED REMAIN WITH THE RETAIL STORE WHERE THEY WERE CHARGED.
This increase, outlined in the Monterey City Code, is to further encourage the use of re-usable bags when shopping at retail stores and decrease the amount of litter and pollution caused by single use plastic bags within the City and Monterey Bay.
As a thriving tourist center and marine preserve area, it is critical that residents and businesses continue to support environmental stewardship on the Monterey Peninsula.
Reducing plastic waste also reduces the amount of material sent to the landfill, leading to greater progress toward a zero waste future.