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    (a)    In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Expanded polystyrene” means blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams that are thermoplastic petrochemical materials utilizing a styrene monomer and processed by a number of techniques, including fusion of polymer spheres (expandable bead polystyrene), injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion–blow molding (extruded foam polystyrene).

    (c)    (1)    “Expanded polystyrene food service product” means a product made of expanded polystyrene that is:

            (i)    Used for selling or providing food or beverages; and

            (ii)    1.    Intended by the manufacturer to be used once for eating or drinking; or

                2.    Generally recognized by the public as an item to be discarded after one use.

        (2)    “Expanded polystyrene food service product” includes:

            (i)    Food containers;

            (ii)    Plates;

            (iii)    Hot and cold beverage cups;

            (iv)    Trays; and

            (v)    Cartons for eggs or other food.

        (3)    “Expanded polystyrene food service product” does not include:

            (i)    Food or beverages that have been packaged in expanded polystyrene containers before receipt by a food service business;

            (ii)    A product made of expanded polystyrene that is used to package raw, uncooked, or butchered meat, fish, poultry, or seafood;

            (iii)    Nonfoam polystyrene food service products; or

            (iv)    1.    Cartons for eggs that are made of expanded polystyrene that are shipped into the State for packaging; or

                2.    Cartons of eggs that have been packaged within the State for sale within the State.

    (d)    (1)    “Food service business” means a business in the State that sells or provides food or beverages for consumption on or off the premises.

        (2)    “Food service business” includes a business or institutional cafeteria, including a cafeteria operated by or on behalf of the State or a local government.

    (e)    “School” includes:

        (1)    A public elementary or secondary school;

        (2)    A nonpublic elementary or secondary school; and

        (3)    An institution of higher education, as defined in § 10–101(h) of the Education Article.

    (f)    “Unit of county government” includes:

        (1)    A local health department; or

        (2)    A local environmental department.

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