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8.36.020 Definitions.
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Unless otherwise expressly stated, whenever used in this chapter the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:

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 may be amended.

Biodegradable” means all materials in the entire product or package will completely break down and return to nature, i.e., become part of usable compost and/or decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short period of time after customary disposal. “Biodegradable,” as used herein, shall include, but is not limited to, products that meet the then-applicable ASTM standards for compostability.

City” means all the territory within the City of Sebastopol, State of California.

City contractors and lessees” means any person or entity that has a contract with the City for 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.

City facilities” means any park, building, structure or vehicles owned or operated by the City, its agents, agencies, departments and franchisees.

Disposable food service ware” includes all containers, bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, lids, straws, stirrers, forks, spoons, knives, napkins and other food ware items designed for one-time use for prepared foods, including without limitation service ware for take-out foods and/or leftovers from partially consumed meals prepared by food providers. The term “disposable food service ware” does not include items composed entirely of aluminum or polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests that are intended to be reusable.

Food provider” means any vendor, business, organization, entity, group or individual, and including retail food establishments, located or providing food within the City that offers food or beverage to the public.

Person” means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock company, or 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 prepared for consumption on the food provider’s premises or within the City, using any cooking or food preparation technique. Prepared food includes food prepared for consumption off the food provider’s premises, also known as “take-out food.”

Recyclable” means material that can be sorted, cleansed, and reconstituted using recycling collection programs available in Sonoma County 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.

Retail vendor” means any store or other business that sells goods or merchandise located or operating within the City.

Reusable” means materials that will be used more than once in its same form by the customer, retail vendor or other reuse program. Reusable food service ware includes: food and beverage containers, packages and trays, such as, but not limited to, soft drink bottles and milk containers that are designed to be returned to the distributor or reused by the customer and that are provided as take-out containers. Reusable also includes durable containers, packages or trays used on-premises, returnable containers brought back to the food vendor and those intended to be taken home by the consumer for reuse, including all containers, bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, and other items that are designed for prolonged use, including, but not limited to, durable plastic, ceramic, glass, porcelain, and metal food service ware.

Special event promoter” means an applicant for any special event permit issued by the City, or any City employee(s) responsible for any organized special event in the City. (Ord. 1125 § 2 (Exh. A § 2), 2019)

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