The State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) is a joint effort between CalRecycle and the Department of General Services (DGS) to implement state laws requiring state agencies and the Legislature to purchase recycled-content products (RCP) and track those purchases. It complements the intent of the Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939, Sher, Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989 and 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 recycled-content products (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 diverting waste from landfills.
- Buy Recycled Annual Report is due each year on October 31.
Changes to the SABRC Requirements
- Assembly Bill 2490 (Eggman, Chapter 432, Statutes of 2014) Section 10: As of January 1, 2015, 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), each DAA is still required 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.
- Public Contract Code Sections 12203 and 12211 (AB 2675, Lowenthal. State agency: public contracts.): On and after January 1, 2020, this bill requires each state agency to ensure that at least 75 percent of the total purchases under the reportable categories contain recycled-content products meeting the minimum percentage content, except for paint, antifreeze, and tires, which would remain at the 50 percent requirement.