§ 501.


As used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:

“City department” means any department of the City and County of San Francisco, and does not include any other local agency or any federal or State agency, including but not limited to the San Francisco School District, the San Francisco Community College District, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Contract” means a binding written agreement for the provision of goods and/or services to be provided at the expense of the City or to be paid out of monies deposited in the treasury or out of trust monies under control of the City between a person, firm, corporation or other entity, including a governmental entity, and a City department. This Chapter shall not apply to contracts entered into or amended to extend the term prior to October 1, 2000.

“Contractor” means a person, firm, corporation or other entity, including a governmental entity, that enters into a contract with a City department.

“Contracting officer” means that officer or employee of the City authorized under the Charter or Municipal Code to enter into a contract on behalf of the City. “Contracting officer” shall include the Mayor, each department head or general manager and other employees of the City authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the City.

“Director” means the Director of the Department of the Environment or his or her designee.

“Document Imaging” means the conversion of paper documents into electronic images on a computer, thereby reducing the amount of paper used for copying and printing. A document imaging system includes the ability to scan, store, index, retrieve and search documents.

“Post-consumer material” means those products generated by a business or consumer which have served their intended end use, and which have been diverted from becoming solid waste for purposes of recycling.

“Processed Chlorine Free” means recycled paper in which the recycled content is unbleached or bleached without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Any virgin material portion of the paper must be totally chlorine free (i.e., unbleached or processed with a sequence that includes no chlorine or chlorine derivatives).

“Purchaser” means the Purchaser of the City or his or her designee.

“Recyclable material” means any material or product separated or capable of being separated at its point of discard or from the solid waste stream for utilization as a raw material in the manufacture of a new product.

“Recycle” or “recycling” means the process of collecting, sorting, cleaning, treating, reusing or reconstituting a material that would otherwise become a solid waste and/or hazardous waste, and returning it to the economic mainstream in the form of a raw material for new, reused or reconstituted products which may be used in the marketplace.

“Reuse” means the secondary use of a product or its packaging for its original intended purpose or another function which does not require the product to be treated or reconstituted in any way.

“Solid Waste” or “Waste” has the same meaning as “solid waste” in the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, Public Resources Code Section 40191.

“U.S. EPA” means the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“Waste prevention” means discontinuing the use of an unnecessary material rather than disposing of it to the waste stream and shall include:


reduced resource use per unit of product;


increased product life; and


decreased consumption.

“Waste Reduction” means the diversion of materials, products and packaging from disposal through waste prevention, reuse, recycling and/or composting, but does not include steps taken after the material becomes solid waste or actions which would transfer the impacts of land disposal to air or water resources, such as transformation, incineration, pyrolysis, distillation, gasification, or biological conversion (other than composting).


(Added by Ord. 171-03, File No. 030422, App. 7/3/2003; amended by Ord. 115-05, File No. 050595, App. 6/17/2005)

(Derivation Former Administrative Code Section 21A.2; added by Ord. 83-00, File No. 000392, App. 5/12/2000; amended by Ord. 210-02, File No. 020784, App. 10/25/2002)


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