California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions 

This guide provides CalRecycle’s responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from vendors about the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC).

I would like to sell my product to California state agencies. Who do I contact?
Please see CalRecycle’s SABRC webpage summary on “How to Sell to the State of California” or the California Department of General Services’ Procurement Division (specifically the “Doing Business with the State” section).

I am a bidder completing a Request for Proposal (RFP) response for a state agency. I do not know how to complete the information on SABRC or how this relates to my product.
If you are responding to an RFP and submitting a response, please contact the state agency regarding its specifications and requirements for the product. Listed below are several types of responses that are relevant to the SABRC compliancy of your product:

  1. “N/A” – The product is non-applicable (N/A) if your product does not fall under one of the 11 SABRC product categories and is not a composite product.
  2. “Unknown” – The product falls under one of the 11 SABRC product categories, but you do not know the percentage of post-consumer recycled content (PCRC).
  3. “0%” – The product falls under one of the 11 SABRC product categories and does not contain any PCRC.
  4. If your product falls under one of the 11 SABRC product categories (including composite products), state the PCRC percentage even if it is below the minimum PCRC percentage for that product category.

For examples, please see the “Guidance on Form 74 for Vendors” webpage.

I am a vendor / manufacturer who supplies products to the state. I keep receiving a Form 74 for products purchased. How do I complete the form?
Please see the “Guidance on Form 74 for Vendors” webpage.

I would like to sell my food product to the state and classify my product as SABRC-compliant.
Food products do not fall into one of the 11 SABRC categories. Although the packaging for your food product may be SABRC-compliant, the food product itself is the product being purchased and would not be applicable to a SABRC category. Therefore, please do not classify your product as SABRC-compliant based on the packaging.

I would like to sell electronics to the state. How do I make sure the products are SABRC-compliant?
Information Technology (IT)/Electronics are categorized under the “Plastic” SABRC product category. Plastic products should contain a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer recycled content to be considered SABRC-compliant. For questions on IT/Electronics and environmentally preferable purchasing, please refer to the Department of General Services’ purchasing standards. For information on doing business with the State of California, please refer to Question 1.

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Last updated: August 26, 2016
State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BuyRecycled/StateAgency/
Contact: SABRC@calrecycle.ca.gov, (916) 341-6199