California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 221

Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

February 4, 2013

An act to amend Sections 16000, 16001, and 16004 of the Public Resources Code, relating to recycling.


AB 221, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Recycled concrete.

Existing law authorizes the use of recycled concrete materials, if the user has been fully informed, as defined, that the concrete may contain recycled concrete material and prohibits recycled concrete from being offered, provided, or sold to the Department of Transportation or the Department of General Services for any use unless specifically requested and approved by that department. Existing law defines the term recycled concrete for these purposes as including mix designs or aggregate gradations that are in accordance with certain specifications.

This bill would revise the definition of concrete for purposes of these provisions to additionally include, as one of those specifications, the California Green Building Standards Code.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 16000 of the Public Resources Code is
2amended to read:



The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

P2    1(a) Facilitating the recycling of natural resources is in the best
2interest of the state.

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3(b) Facilitating recycling of concrete materials in concrete
4production reduces waste, truck trips, and emissions, while
5advancing sustainable practices in concrete manufacture.

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6(c) Recycling of aggregates from concrete conserves the natural
7resources of aggregates.

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8(d) Recycling of water conserves water resources.

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9(e) Recycling of returned plastic concrete maximizes the reuse
10of natural resources of aggregates, water, and cement, and
11conserves embodied energy from concrete production.

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12(f) Concrete producers strive to maximize recycling of natural
13resources in concrete manufacture and support the goal of using
14green design in construction.

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16begin insert(g)end insert This division is intended to encourage the use of recycled
17concrete as provided in this division.


SEC. 2.  

Section 16001 of the Public Resources Code is
19amended to read:



For the purposes of this division, “recycled concrete”
21means reclaimed concrete material used in concrete mixtures in
22accordance with the “Greenbook Standard Specifications for Public
23Works” 2003 edition, or the most current revision of those
24requirements. “Recycled concrete” includes mix designs or
25aggregate gradations that are in accordance withbegin insert theend insert specifications
26begin insert or codesend insert of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American
27Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International
28Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC),
29thebegin delete Uniform Building Code (UBC)end deletebegin insert California Building Code (Part end insert
30begin insert2 (commencing with Section 1.1.1) of Title 24 of the California end insert
31begin insertCode of Regulations)end insert,begin delete orend delete Caltrans Standard Specificationsbegin insert, or the end insert
32begin insertCalifornia Green Building Standards Code (Chapter 11 end insert
33begin insert(commencing with Section 101.1) of Title 24 of the California Code end insert
34begin insertof Regulations)end insert. However, reclaimed concrete material that is in
35compliance with ASTM-94 specifications is exempt from this


SEC. 3.  

Section 16004 of the Public Resources Code is
38amended to read:

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begin deleteNothing in this end deletebegin insertThis end insertdivisionbegin delete shallend deletebegin insert does notend insert supersede
2the requirements of thebegin delete Uniformend deletebegin insert Californiaend insert Building Code or other
3provisions of law.