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 the Legislature and State agencies to purchase products containing postconsumer recycled-content material. It complements the efforts of the Integrated Waste Management Act (Public Resources Code 40000, et seq.) which was enacted to reduce the amount of waste going into California’s landfills.
In January 2006, a modification to SABRC statutes took effect. These modifications consolidated and updated existing laws for all State agencies. However, they have not affected the statutes that govern the Legislature.
- View a summary of the Public Contract Code (PCC) sections that pertain to SABRC for both the Legislature and State agencies.
- To view specific citations of the PCC, please refer to the PCC portion of the official California Legislative information website.
Changes to SABRC Requirements for DAAs Starting January
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), CalRecycle still requires each DAA 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.
Currently there are two State Administrative Manual management memos, summarized below, that affect all State agencies on the subject of buying recycled products. Management memos are issued by the DGS and are posted in full on the Office of State Publishing website.
- 01-22 Re-Refined Oil
Announces the availability of re-refined oil for State vehicles during required oil change services. Strongly encourages State drivers to utilize State garages and authorized vendors offering re-refined oil for oil change services.
- 06-08 California Gold Sustainable Carpet Standard
Establishes minimum requirements for material emissions, postconsumer recycled-content and end of life management for all carpets purchased by the State of California.
- 15-06 State Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Operation
Requires "a minimum 3-inch layer of mulch shall be applied on all exposed soil surfaces of planting areas" and other drought-related orders. Please see CalRecycle Compost and Mulch Producers for a list of permitted compost and mulch producers, searchable by county.