Program Requirements

The State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) requires that every State department, board, commission, and office, the California State University system, and the Legislature must:

  • Attain recycled-content product (RCP) procurement mandates in Public Contract Code Sections 12200-12217.
  • Purchase products that contain at least the minimum of postconsumer recycled content. This information is on our Buy Recycled Products page as well as on a downloadable document in table format.
  • Require all businesses/suppliers to certify the postconsumer (PC) recycled content of their products (even if it is zero) that fall within 11 reportable categories. If PC content can be found by other written means, then purchasers can use that as their certification and record it via their agency’s SABRC tracking method.
  • Submit an annual report on dollars spent on products purchased in 11 reportable product categories. All products purchased regardless of how the products were purchased, e.g., interagency agreement, statewide contract, contractor’s purchase, etc., whether or not the products are RCPs, must be included in the annual report. Each state agency shall require the businesses with whom it contracts to use, to the maximum extent economically feasible in the performance of the contract work, recycled products. Each state agency’s annual report should include its purchases, as well as those purchases by the businesses with whom it contracts.
    • Changes to SABRC Reporting Requirements for DAAs Starting January 1, 2015
      As of January 1, 2015 pursuant to A full explanation of AB 2490 changes for DAAs can be foundAssembly 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), 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.

For all State Agencies and for your purchasers, please see the SABRC handout that summarizes the SABRC requirements and includes resources.

See also a summary of statutes that pertain to SABRC.

SABRC requires that the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle):

  • Make recommendations on revising the procurement policies of any agency that has not met the SABRC requirements.
  • Every three years, make recommendations to the Legislature for changes necessary to increase the purchase of RCPs and improve SABRC program efficiency.

CalRecycle in partnership with the Department of General Services (DGS) can assist State agencies in meeting their SABRC goals as follows:

  • Review purchasing policies and make recommendations for revisions to ensure RCP purchasing requirements are met.
  • Assist State agencies in establishing RCP-only bids or cooperative purchasing arrangements, which encourages maximum state purchase of RCPs.
  • Review and revise purchasing specifications used by State agencies in order to eliminate restrictive specifications and discrimination against the purchase of RCPs.

The SABRC statutes also require DGS to:

Submit a report to CalRecycle on or before October 31 of each year noting all the previous fiscal year statewide-used contracts, agreements, or schedules for both recycled and non-recycled-content products that fall into one of the SABRC product categories.

How Are We Doing? Find out how State agencies are doing in meeting their recycled-content purchase requirements.