Buy Recycled




Searching for Postconsumer Recycled-Content Products?

  • The Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM) directory includes innovative recycled-content product manufacturers in California. These California-based manufacturers use recycled materials as feedstock to make new products. Those interested in searching the directory may include:
    • Consumers–look for “green” products made in California.
    • Procurement and contracting officers–find manufacturers that may be able to fulfill purchasing requirements.
    • Manufacturers–find potential business partners or additional feedstock sources.
    • Retailers–find potential wholesale agreements to stock your storefront.
  • RecycleStore is a CalRecycle resource you can use to search for highlighted California manufactures of recycled products located in designated California Recycling Market Development Zones throughout the state.

See more Buy Recycled resources for a more detailed list of tools and reference from CalRecycle and other sources.

State Programs

California’s Buy Recycled programs promote the State of California’s legislative policies to buy recycled-content products and other environmentally preferable products. The programs also assist the Department of General Services (DGS), all other State agencies, and local governments in establishing policies and practices for purchasing recycled-content products (RCP), as well as support activities that promote waste reduction and waste management.

Program Overviews

  • State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC). State law requires state agencies and the legislature to purchase products with postconsumer recycled content. View SABRC’s reportable product categories to see if a product has enough postconsumer recycled content to be SABRC-compliant.
  • Buying Green Guide. Provides information, tools, and tips for buyers. Information about specifications, standards, certifications, laws, regulations, and policies. Visit the DGS Procurement Division’s contracts page for a complete list of statewide commodity contracts.
  • Green Building. Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-18-12 sets forth California’s sustainable building goals to use resources efficiently, including buying environmentally preferable products.
  • Newsprint Program. California’s newsprint law mandates the use of a specified amount of recycled-content newsprint by printers and publishers located in California. 
  • Plastic Trash Bag Program. California’s trash bag law requires plastic trash bag manufacturers to use a specific amount of postconsumer plastic material to produce the trash bags sold in California. 
  • Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Program (RPPC). California’s law requires that rigid plastic packaging (that holds product sold or offered for sale to the state) meet certain criteria. Some criteria includes recycled content.

Other Buy Recycled Activities

  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. EPP is the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment compared to competing products serving the same purpose. 
  • Organics/Composting. Permitting and building infrastructure in California to increase diversion of organic materials away from landfills.
  • Construction and Demolition Debris RecyclingWorking with the industry to identify ways to reduce building construction and demolition debris going to landfills, recycle more materials, and meet California’s mandated diversion goal of 50 percent.
  • Tire Derived ProductsPromoting products made from California recycled used tires, such as building construction, traffic control, road and paving, playgrounds, landscaping, as well as consumer products.

Vendor Resources

Listed below are resources and tools that vendors can use to help implement a successful State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) program.

How to Sell to the State of California. Strategies and tools for marketing products to state government customers.

Guidance on Form 74 for Vendors.

Frequently Asked Questions. CalRecycle’s responses to frequently asked vendor questions.

Additional Resources

Many resources are available to help you learn more about recycled-content products (RCP) and other environmentally preferable products (EPP). These resources are organized into three specialized sections, in addition to the general resources listed on this page:

Audience-Specific. These resources were designed with specific audiences in mind, such as state agencies or schools, but they may be useful to others.

Product Category-Specific. These resources highlight specific product categories, such as paper or glass.

Purchasing Resources. This page includes directories, databases, catalogs, and tools.