Summary of Current Statutes and Administrative Memoranda


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 the Legislature and State agencies to purchase products containing postconsumer recycled-content material. It complements the efforts of the Integrated Waste Management Act (Public Resources Code 40000, et seq.) which was enacted to reduce the amount of waste going into California’s landfills.

In January 2006, a modification to SABRC statutes took effect. These modifications consolidated and updated existing laws for all State agencies. However, they have not affected the statutes that govern the Legislature.

Changes to SABRC 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 found Assembly 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), CalRecycle still requires each DAA 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.

Management Memoranda

Currently there are two State Administrative Manual management memos, summarized below, that affect all State agencies on the subject of buying recycled products. Management memos are issued by the DGS and are posted in full on the Office of State Publishing website.

For more information contact: State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign,