Program News...
  • Buy Recycled Annual Report is due each year on October 31.
  • Vendor Resources provides resources and tools that vendors can use to help implement a successful SABRC program.
  • Greenhouse Gas Benefits explains how procurement decisions made by state agencies and departments are directly linked to the climate change goals of AB 32.
  • Management Memo No. 17-06, E-Waste Disposal, issued by DGS on November 27, 2017, provides state agencies with the appropriate procedures for disposing of surplus useful computer equipment and E-Waste.

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 State agencies and the Legislature to purchase recycled-content products (RCP) and track those purchases. It complements the efforts of the Integrated Waste Management Act (Public Resources Code 4000 et al), which was enacted to reduce the amount of waste going to California’s landfills. An Annual Report detailing state agencies' annual RCP purchase is due to CalRecycle by October 31 of each year.

The benefits of buying RCPs: Buying RCPs helps State agencies and the Legislature attain their mandated goals outlined in the Public Contract Code (PCC) Sections 12153-12217 and 12300-12320. Further advantages also include promoting businesses and sustaining our environment by way of creating jobs, improving markets for recycled products, reducing manufacturing waste and pollution, reducing energy consumption, and, finally, diverting waste from landfills.

Changes to SABRC Requirements Starting January 1, 2020

Public Contract Code Sections 12203 and 12211 (AB 2675, Lowenthal. State agency: public contracts.)

Existing law requires each state agency to ensure that at least 50 percent of reportable purchases, which are goods and materials that may be reported or categorized within a specified product category, are recycled products.

This bill would require each state agency to ensure that at least 75 percent of reportable purchases are recycled products on and after January 1, 2020, except for paint, antifreeze, and tires, which would remain at the 50 percent requirement.

Existing law requires a state agency, except the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to annually report its progress in meeting recycled product purchasing requirements, as specified.

This bill would remove the exception pertaining to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.