County board, Carmel council consider ordinances
The county is considering joining other municipalities and northern California jurisdictions in outlawing the ubiquitous plastic bags that ban advocates say blight landscapes and pollute oceans.
Monterey County has a draft ordinance that would do away with single-use plastic carry-out bags in unincorporated areas of the county. The draft is to be legally reviewed.
The proposed ordinance would mirror one approved by the city of Monterey last year which mirrored one adopted by San Jose.
Meanwhile, the Carmel City Council was to consider approving a bag ban at its meeting Tuesday night.
The county draft ordinance was approved by the county's Alternative Energy and Environment Committee on May 24, said county senior environmental health specialist Eric Mangahis.
The ordinance had been in the works for about a year while the county waited to see what the state might do but a bill for a state ban died.