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#1 Plastic (PETE) Polyethylene terephthalate (also known as PET or PETE) is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers, beverage, food, and other liquid containers; a see-through plastic with a “1” within the recycling (chasing arrow) symbol.
Compostable Food service items that have been tested to meet ASTM 6400 or ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. This means that the products will decompose in a commercial composting operation within a specific timeframe and no toxins will be released during the breakdown process. These are the preferred product types for use with food so that all materials can be composted at our local facilities.
Compostable Waste Processing Facility Facilities that are approved by the Director of Environmental Services and are designed, operated and permitted for the processing and transfer of solid waste, organic waste, and recyclable material.
Waste Diversion To use or manage (natural resources) wisely; preserve; save
Eco-station An eco-station is a color-coded, three-container collection system that replaces the use of single trash cans at an event (blue for glass, metal, and plastic recycling; green for compostable materials; and black for trash). Eco-stations come with color-coded corresponding signs, lids and bags.
Food & Beverage (F&B) Providers Include food and or beverage vendors, caterers, and sampling exhibitors.
Recyclable Materials Includes all forms of containers made of glass, metal (aluminum, steel, or bi-metal) and plastic (#1 - #5).
San Jose Conservation Corps The City of San José contracts with San Jose Conservation Corps to provide free recycling services for metal, glass, plastic, and cardboard to a limited number of events that occur on City property on a first come, first serve basis. Services include eco-station transportation to and from the event, eco-station setup, sorting, and tear-down, and transferring bags to bins/Dumpster.
State and City Event  Requirements CA Assembly Bill 2176 (PRC 42648) requires operators of large venues and events with greater than 2,000 attendees to provide a pre-event report to the City with “documentation of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and diversion programs, if any, implemented at the large venue or large event, and the type and weight of materials diverted and disposed at that large venue or large event.” For more information on AB2176, visit California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (Cal Recycle). The City of San José has gone a step further than the State requirement by defining a large event as one that serves more than 1,000 individuals. Section 9.10.1445 of the San José Municipal Code was established by Ordinance No. 27725 (2006) and updated by Ordinance No. 28543 (2009). Per the Code, large events that occupy a public street, publicly-owned site or facility, or public park within the City for a civic, commercial, recreational, or social event are required to submit pre-event reports for waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting to the City of San José’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) prior to the event. 
Weight Tags A document provided by the hauler stating the weights of materials collected by type, date of collection, quantity and size of containers.
Zero Waste Preventing and reducing waste throughout a product’s production cycle and life cycle of use.