California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)


State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign

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The State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) is a joint effort between the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to implement State law requiring State agencies and the Legislature to purchase recycled-content products (RCP). It complements the efforts of the Integrated Waste Management Act (Public Resources Code 4000 et al), which was enacted to reduce the amount of waste going to California’s landfills.

In addition to purchasing RCPs, State agencies need to track their purchases in order to annually submit a report. An agency tracks their procurement through its own procurement tracking device or with the spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel, 27 KB) developed by CalRecycle. Each state agency shall require the businesses with whom it contracts to use, to the maximum extent economically feasible in the performance of the contract work, recycled products. Each state agency’s annual report should include its purchases, as well as those purchases by the businesses with whom it contracts.

The benefits of buying RCPs: Buying RCPs helps State agencies and the Legislature attain their mandated goals outlined in the Public Contract Code (PCC) (12153-12320). Further advantages also include promoting businesses and sustaining our environment by way of creating jobs, improving markets for recycled products, reducing manufacturing waste and pollution, reducing energy consumption, and, finally, diverting waste from landfills.

Agencies can save money by purchasing RCPs since many RCPs are cost-competitive with their virgin counterparts. State government leaders understand the cost savings opportunities of buying RCPs and encourage all State agencies to patronize businesses that will assist them in meeting the State’s mandates. Find out how State agencies are doing in meeting their recycled-content product purchase requirements.

The Local Assistance and Market Development Division of CalRecycle assists staff from all State agencies and the Legislature to establish practices for purchasing RCPs and other environmentally preferable products and helps State agencies meet the requirements of the SABRC.

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Changes to SABRC Requirements Starting January 1, 2015New (12/24/2014)
As of January 1, 2015 pursuant to Assembly Bill 2490 (Eggman, Chapter 342, Statutes of 2014) Section 10, California district agricultural associations (DAA) are excluded from the definition of “state agency” for purposes of the provisions in the Food and Agricultural Code Section 4061(a). As such, DAAs are no longer required to submit a State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign report (SABRC) by March 1 of each year for “Calendar Year” reporters or October 31 for “Fiscal Year” reporters.

While AB 2490 exempts DAAs from reporting requirements related to recycled content product purchases (RCP), each DAA is still required to maintain and monitor its RCP purchasing programs to ensure adherence to the RCP purchasing requirements for State entities under Public Contract Code 12153-12217. See State Agency Laws and Regulations for more information on recycled content purchasing requirements. 

Changes to SABRC Requirements Starting January 1, 2020

Public Contract Code Sections 12203 and 12211 (AB 2675, Lowenthal. State agency: public contracts.)

Existing law requires each state agency to ensure that at least 50% of reportable purchases, which are goods and materials that may be reported or categorized within a specified product category, are recycled products.

This bill would require each state agency to ensure that at least 75% of reportable purchases are recycled products on and after January 1, 2020, except for paint, antifreeze, and tires, which would remain at the 50% requirement.

Existing law requires a state agency, except the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to annually report its progress in meeting recycled product purchasing requirements, as specified.

This bill would remove the exception pertaining to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Helping State Agencies Buy Recycled-Content Products

There is help available to buy RCPs:

  • Program Requirements: The State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) requires that every State department, board, commission, and office, the California State University system, and the Legislature must…
  • Certifications: State agencies must require all suppliers to certify the postconsumer recycled-content of all products offered or sold to the State.
  • SABRC Annual Report: Public Contracts Code section 12211(a) mandates that each State agency shall report annually to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) their progress in meeting recycled-content product purchasing requirements using the report format provided by the CalRecycle. CalRecycle is ultimately responsible in providing this information in a report to the State Legislature detailing the total of all the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) reporting figures.
  • SABRC Manual: Various resources and tools State agencies can use to implement a successful State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) program and assist with annual report questions.
  • Directory of SABRC Certified Recycled Content Products: CalRecycle has upgraded its RCP Directory to capture and present additional information specific to products that have been certified with compliant recycled content.
  • Buy Recycled Resources: More information about buying recycled and links to other buy recycled websites, databases, and other tools.
Last updated: December 8, 2015
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