California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign


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Minimum Content Requirement

  • Minimum content requirement: 50 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(g)).
  • Of all the paint purchased, at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure recycled paint meeting the 50 percent post-consumer content requirement.
  • For statutes specifically pertaining to recycled paint, refer to the paint section on the "Statutes Pertaining to the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign".
  • Please see the SABRC section on the State Agency’s Laws and Regulation web page for general, relevant SABRC legislation.

Example Paint Categories

Paint types include, but are not limited to:

  • water-based paint
  • graffiti abatement
  • interior and exterior
  • maintenance
  • primer
  • low-VOC paint/primer
  • direct-to-metal
  • stain-blocker
  • asphalt sealer

Note: Reused or refurbished products should be considered 100 percent recycled; no minimum content is required.

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Misconceptions on Recycled Paint

Some agencies are skeptical about using recycled paint in particular environments due to quality or content. However, paint quality and standards have changed dramatically over the last few years. Please go to our “Misconceptions on Recycled Paint” page to discover the truth about recycled paint.

California Recycled Paint Manufacturers*

*The manufacturers listed are part of the PaintCare Stewardship program. Purchasing paint from any of these manufacturers does not automatically guarantee compliance with SABRC, EPP, local air quality, or other agency specific requirements. Please purchase according to your agency’s minimum requirements or standards. Identification of individuals, companies, and products on this list does not constitute endorsement by CalRecycle. CalRecycle distributes/publishes this information to increase public awareness and to build markets for recycled content products. This list should not be considered comprehensive.

Resources and Guidelines

State Agency Procurement

State Contract for Recycled Paint Procurement

For the Fiscal Year 2014/15 SABRC report, a total of 35 agencies reported spending $1,862,779.46 in the paint category. Of that amount, $787,251.70 was SABRC-compliant, bringing the statewide compliancy rate to 47 percent.

See table below listing the top State agency purchasers. Two agencies spent $1.3 million of the total $1.86 million on paint.

Top State Agency Purchasers of Paint
Agency Total SABRC Reportable Dollars Total SABRC Compliant Dollars SABRC Compliant
California Department of Transportation $973,738.65 $668,304.18 68%
Prison Industry Authority $348,220.53 $193,989.51 55%
Total $1,321,959.18 $862,293.69 65%

Other reportable SABRC product categories:


State Agency Buy Recycled Program Requirements

Last updated: August 18, 2016
State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign,
Contact:, (916) 341-6199