Fines, low social scores and possible public shaming on the way.
The cities of Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City and Seaside, along with the Pebble Beach Community Services District, collaborated with the trash hauler, GreenWaste Recovery, to hire auditors from Blue Strike Environmental to start checking people’s trash, Martelet said. The total cost is $7,042 for this year’s monitoring, with Carmel ‘s share approximately $415. The auditors will soon be in town to “document visible contamination in the carts,” she said. But they won’t sort through any open or closed garbage bags “in order to maintain privacy,” and all inspections will be conducted in the street as the bins are picked up and emptied by GreenWaste Recovery workers.