(A)   No person, other than the franchisee or a city officer, agent or employee, shall interfere in any manner with any refuse or recyclable receptacle, or the contents thereof, at the location where such receptacle has been placed by the customer for collection by the franchisee.
   (B)   Except as set forth in this section, no person shall sort through, gather, collect, or remove from any container, wherever situated, any discarded refuse or recyclable materials, nor shall any person convey discarded refuse or recyclable material which has been removed from a container, wherever situated, upon or along any public or private street within the city, or cause or permit any combination of the above to occur.
   (C)   The provisions of this section shall not apply of any to the following persons:
      (1)   Any person in the employ of the city who shall be assigned by the city to the work of sorting through, gathering, collecting or removing refuse or recyclable materials;
      (2)   Any franchisee;
      (3)   Any person who has a contractual agreement with the city for the sorting through, gathering, collecting or removing of refuse or recyclable materials or any employee of such person during the time such contract shall be in force who is acting within the scope of his or her employment; or
      (4)   Any person in the employ of or under contract with a State of California designated regional recycling facility while acting on behalf of such facility by sorting through, gathering, collecting, or removing material placed in a receptacle owned and operated by such facility.
(Ord. 1297, passed 2-7-07)