California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign

Buying Recycled Products

What's Required?

State agencies must purchase recycled products instead of non-recycled products whenever recycled products are available, if fitness and quality are equal, and are at the same or a lesser total cost than non-recycled products. The State Legislature has mandated that State agencies purchase goods and materials from 11 product categories (Public Contract Code (PCC) section 12201(c).

Eleven (11) Reportable Product Categories

State agencies shall ensure each of the following to accomplish the mandate:

  • At least 50 percent of reportable purchases are recycled products (PCC section 12201(c)).
  • The requirements apply to all 11 reportable purchases for product categories. (PCC section 12209).
  • The reportable purchases shall meet each requirement and be applied to the total dollar amount of each specified product category. The purchase of a recycled product from one category may not be applied toward the requirements or the total dollar amount of any other category. (PCC section 12203(d)).

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

The 11 reportable product categories are described below. To go directly to a specific category, select it from the list below or continue to scroll down. Any questions regarding whether a product is reportable should be directed to the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) contact listed at bottom of this page.

 

printing paper Paper Products, including, but not limited to, paper janitorial supplies, cartons, wrapping, packaging, file folders and hanging files, building insulation and panels, corrugated boxes, tissue, and toweling.

  • Minimum content requirement: 30 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(a)).
  • Of all the paper products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure product(s) meeting the 30 percent postconsumer requirement.

Printing and Writing Paper, including, but not limited to, copy, xerographic watermark, cotton fiber, offset, forms, computer printout paper, white wove envelopes, manila envelopes, book paper, note pads, writing tablets, newsprint, and other uncoated writing papers, posters, index cards, calendars, brochures, reports, magazines, and publications.

  • Minimum content requirement: 30 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(b)).
  • Of all the printing and writing paper products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 30 percent postconsumer requirement.

Mulch, Compost and Co-Compost, including soil amendments, erosion controls, soil toppings, ground covers, weed suppressants, and organic materials used for water conservation.

  • Minimum content requirement: 80 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(c)).
  • Of all the mulch, compost and co-compost products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 80 percent postconsumer requirement.

Glass Products, including, but not limited to, windows, test tubes, beakers, laboratory or hospital supplies, fiberglass (insulation), reflective beads, tiles, construction blocks, desktop accessories, flat glass sheets, loose-grain abrasives, deburring media, liquid filter media, and containers.

  • Minimum content requirement: 10 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(d)).
  • Of all the glass products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 10 percent postconsumer requirement.
Bottle of Lubricating OilLubricating Oil Products, including, but no limited to, any oil intended for use in a crankcase, transmission, engine, power steering, gearbox, differential chainsaw, transformer dielectric fluid, cutting, hydraulic, industrial, or automobile, bus, truck, vessel, plane, train, heavy equipment, or machinery powered by an internal combustion engine.
  • Minimum content requirement: 70 percent re-refined oil (PCC section 12209(e)).
  • Of all the lubricating oil purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 70 percent postconsumer requirement.
Plastic productsPlastic Products, including, but not limited to, printer or duplication cartridges, diskette, carpet, office products, plastic lumber, buckets, waste baskets, containers, benches, tables, fencing, clothing, mats, packaging, signs, posts, binders, sheet, building products, garden hose, and trays.
  • Minimum content requirement: 10 percent  postconsumer (PCC section 12209(f)).
  • Of all the plastic products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 10 percent postconsumer requirement.
paintPaint, including, but not limited to, water-based paint, graffiti abatement, interior and exterior, and maintenance.
  • Minimum content requirement: 50 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(g)).
  • Of all the paint products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 50 percent postconsumer requirement.

Antifreeze, including recycled antifreeze, and antifreeze containing a bittering agent or made from polypropylene or other similar nontoxic substance.

  • Minimum recycled content requirement: 70 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(h)).
  • Of all the antifreeze purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure products(s) meeting the 70 percent postconsumer requirement.

Tires, including, but not limited to, truck and bus tires, and those used on fleet vehicles and passenger cars.

  • Retreaded tires must use an existing casing that has undergone an approved or accepted recapping or retreading process (PCC section 12209(i)).
  • Of all the tires purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure tire(s) meeting the approved or accepted recapping or retreading process.

tire derived productsTire-Derived Products, including, but not limited to, flooring, mats, wheelchair ramps, playground cover, parking bumpers, bullet traps, hoses, bumpers, truck bedliners, pads, walkways, tree ties, road surfacing, wheel chocks, rollers, traffic control products, mud flaps, and posts.

  • Minimum content requirement: 50 percent recycled used tires (PCC section 12209(j)).
  • Of all the tire-derived products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure tire(s) meeting the 50 percent recycled used tires.
steel products Metal Products, including, but not limited to, staplers, paper clips, steel furniture, desks, pedestals, scissors, jacks, rebar, pipe, plumbing fixtures, chairs, ladders, file cabinets, shelving, containers, lockers, sheet metal, girders, building and construction products, bridges, braces, nails, and screws.
  • Minimum content  requirement: 10 percent postconsumer (PCC section 12209(k)).
  • Of all the metal products purchased at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent within this category must be used to procure product(s) meeting the 10 percent postconsumer requirement.

Program Requirements

Last updated: May 27, 2008
State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BuyRecycled/StateAgency/
Contact: SABRC@calrecycle.ca.gov, (916) 341-6199