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“Affordable” means purchasable for not more than 15 percent more than the purchase cost of the non-Biodegradable non-Compostable or non-recyclable alternative(s).


“ASTM Standard” means meeting the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standards D6400 or D6868 for biodegradable and compostable plastics, as those standards may be amended.


“Compostable” means all the materials in the product or package will break down into, or otherwise become part of, usable compost (e.g., soil-conditioning material, mulch) in a safe and timely manner in San Francisco’s Composting Program. Compostable Disposable Food Service Ware must meet ASTM-Standards for compostability and any bio-plastic or plastic like product must be clearly labeled, preferably with a color symbol, to allow proper identification such that San Francisco’s compost collector and processor can easily distinguish the ASTM Standard Compostable plastic from non-ASTM Standard Compostable plastic. For the purposes of this ordinance the term biodegradable shall have the same meaning as compostable. This ordinance uses the terms biodegradable and compostable interchangeably and in all cases whether the terms are used separately, in the disjunctive or in the conjunctive they shall always be interpreted and applied consistent with this definition of the term “compostable”.


“City Administrator” means the City Administrator appointed under Section 3.104 of the Charter or his or her designee.


“City contractors and lessees” means any person or entity that has a contract with the City for public works or improvements to be performed, for a franchise, concession or lease of property, for grant monies or goods and services or supplies to be purchased at the expense of the City and County, or to be paid out of monies deposited in the Treasury or out of trust monies under the control or collected by the City and County.


“City Facility” means any building, structure or vehicle owned or operated by the City of San Francisco.


“City Facility Food Provider” means an entity that provides, but does not sell, Prepared Food in City Facilities, including without limitation, San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco County Jail and the San Bruno Jail Complex.


“Disposable Food Service Ware” means all containers, bowls, plates, trays, carton, cups, lids, straws, forks, spoons, knives, napkins and other items that are designed for one-time use for Prepared Foods, including without limitation, service ware for takeout foods and/or leftovers from partially consumed meals prepared by Food Vendors. The term “Disposable Food Service Ware” does not include items composed entirely of aluminum or polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests that are intended for reuse.


“Food Vendor” means any Restaurant or Retail Food Vendor located or operating within the City and County of San Francisco.


“Person” means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock company, corporation including a government corporation, partnership, or association.


“Polystyrene Foam” means blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams (sometimes called StyrofoamTM) which are thermoplastic petrochemical materials utilizing a styrene monomer and processed by any number of techniques including, but not limited to, fusion of polymer spheres (expandable bead polystyrene), injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blown molding (extruded foam polystyrene). Polystyrene foam is generally used to make cups, bowls, plates, trays, clamshell containers, meat trays and egg cartons.


“Prepared Food” means food or beverages, which are serviced, packaged, cooked, chopped, sliced, mixed, brewed, frozen, squeezed or otherwise prepared (collectively “prepared”) within the City and County of San Francisco for individual customers or consumers. For the purpose of this Chapter, Prepared Food includes take-out food, but does not include raw, butchered meats, fish and/or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar retail appliance.


“Recyclable” means material that can be sorted, cleansed, and reconstituted using San Francisco’s available recycling collection programs for the purpose of using the altered form in the manufacture of a new product. Recycling does not include burning, incinerating, converting, or otherwise thermally destroying solid waste.


“Restaurant” means any establishment located within the City and County of San Francisco that sells Prepared Food for consumption on, near, or off its premises. For purposes of this Chapter, the term includes a Restaurant operating from a temporary facility, cart, vehicle or mobile unit.


“Retail Food Vendor” means any store, shop, sales outlet, or other establishment, including a grocery store or a delicatessen, other than a Restaurant, located within the City and County of San Francisco that sells Prepared Food.


(Ord. 295-06, File No. 060944, App. 11/29/2006)


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