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Washington Plastic Bag Ban Update
It has now been over eight months since Washington’s Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban went into effect, and the ban is quickly approaching its next milestone.

Beginning July 1, 2022, the post-consumer recycled content percentage for reusable plastic carryout bags increases from 20% to 40%.
The Department of Ecology continues to offer technical assistance and education to businesses about the law to help further its implementation.
 
The Ecology Bag Ban Website contains a link to download a Bag Ban Outreach Toolkit. The toolkit contains detailed flyers to educate businesses and their staff on the law's details, point of sale signs for communicating the requirements to customers, and Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) signage to encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags. 
Kitsap Public Health District Accepting Comment on Food Ordinance Update
The Kitsap Public Health District is seeking public comment on a proposed update to the Food Service Regulations, which allows the Health District to enforce Washington state food safety laws and rules.  
The proposed ordinance would replace existing Food Service Regulations adopted in 2014.

  • What does the ordinance do?
The Kitsap Public Health Board, which governs the Health District’s work, adopted the local ordinance to prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses in our county. The Food Service Regulations ordinance provides a clear framework for us to enforce state rules at the local level. The ordinance gives us authority to inspect food establishments and issue citations in situations that endanger public health.
  • Who does this ordinance apply to?
The ordinance applies to food establishments in Kitsap County, including restaurants, temporary food vendors, and commercial kitchens, as well as people seeking food permits. A section in the ordinance adopts the rules in the Food Code, meaning that both the state and local regulations apply.

Comments on the proposed ordinance update will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 5. Please send comments or questions to: 
  • Email: pio@kitsappublichealth.org
  • Mail: Kitsap Public Health District, ATTN: Food Ordinance, 345 6th Street Suite 300, Bremerton, WA 98337

OPEN HOUSE:
Health District staff will host an open house on the proposed ordinance update from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 in the Chambers Room on the first floor of the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton. 
For additional information, call 360-728-2235. 
New Training Opportunities on Chamber Website
We have listed several new training opportunities and webinars on the Chamber website including:

  • A four part series on Small Business Cyber Security
  • How to Hire your First Employee
  • Effective Landing Pages
  • and more...
Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger
The month of July means that Port Orchard Grocery Outlet Independence From Hunger Food Drive is in full swing!!

This year The Coffee Oasis youth programs will be the charity of choice!!
During July, buy a $5 bag of food, or donate $5 or more in a single transaction and you will receive a coupon for $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more.

Head on down to our locally owned and operated Grocery Outlet and help feed the youth of our community.
Community Events
EVERY WEDNESDAY
Port of Bremerton Airport
EVERY THURSDAY
Port Orchard Waterfront
July 9th
Eagles Hall
July 14-17th
Port Orchard Waterfront
July 15th & 16th
Port Orchard Waterfront
July 16th
8233 Southeast Spring Creek Road

July 17th
South Kitsap High School

July 17th
822 Burwell Street Bremerton, WA 98337
July 23, Aug 8th & Sept 10th
Port Orchard Waterfront

July 29 & 30th
Mike Wallace Park
July 31st
Port Orchard Waterfront
August 14
Port Orchard Waterfront

August 14th
Port Orchard Waterfront
August 20th
SKSLL Field Olalla

August 27th
McCormick Woods Bar and Grill

South Kitsap Chamber Of Commerce
360.876.3505
1014 Bay St. #3 Port Orchard, WA 98366