As a part of California’s continued commitment to reduce the amount of solid waste entering landfills, state agencies and facilities are required to meet waste diversion goals. State agencies are also required to buy postconsumer recycled content products when making purchases in 11 different categories. Buying recycled is critical as it helps create market demand for recycled materials.
State agencies submit two annual reports to CalRecycle:
- Waste Management Annual Report: Summarizes yearly progress in implementing waste diversion programs and reducing waste disposal. Due Date: May 1st Annually.
- State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) Annual Report: Summarizes yearly progress in purchasing postconsumer recycled content products. Due Date: October 31 Annually.
This site assists state government waste reduction/recycling coordinators and procurement officers in their efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, and buy recycled.
- Laws & Regulations
- SAM Section 1900: Waste Reduction & Recycling
- What's Required
- Model Integrated Waste Management Plan
- Waste Reduction Policies & Procedures
- Recycling Contract Language
- Understanding SB 1016
- Resources & Tools
- Annual Report
- Historical Annual Report Data
- Annual Report FAQ
- CalRecycle Contacts
- Mandatory Organic Waste Management
- Waste Management Manual
- Case Studies
- DGS Management Memo MM 17-06: Effective January 1, 2018, state agencies shall dispose of E-Waste using the services of the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), unless the agency meets the pickup quantity and location exemption criteria detailed in SAM Section 3520.10.
- The Waste Management Annual Report is due by May 1 each year.
- Learn More about AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling or review the letter sent to all state agencies in August 2015. CalRecycle has developed a number of tools to assist State Agencies with identification, education, and outreach campaigns for California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling law.
- Management Memo No. 15-06, State Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Operation, issued by DGS on Oct. 15, 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.
- State Contracting Manual (SCM), Volume 2, Chapter 12, and SCM Volume 3 (Information Technology), Chapter 12 have been updated to clarify reporting requirements and both contain information pertaining to SABRC requirements for contractors.