Amended in Assembly April 4, 2013

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 amended, 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 ofbegin insert recycledend insert 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:

P1    1


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.

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

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

8(d) Recycling of water conserves water resources.

9(e) Recycling of returnedbegin delete plasticend deletebegin insert freshend insert concrete maximizes the
10reuse ofbegin insert theend insert natural resources of aggregates, water, and cement,
11and conserves embodied energy from concrete production.

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

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


SEC. 2.  

Section 16001 of the Public Resources Code is
18amended to read:



For the purposes of this division, “recycled concrete”
20means reclaimed concrete material used in concrete mixtures in
21accordance with the “Greenbook Standard Specifications for Public
22Works” 2003 edition, or the most current revision of those
23requirements. “Recycled concrete” includes mix designs or
24aggregate gradations that are in accordance with the specifications
25or codes of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American
26Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International
27Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC),
28the California Building Code (Part 2 (commencing with Section
291.1.1) of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), Caltrans
30Standard Specifications, or the California Green Building Standards
31Code (Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 101.1) of Title 24
32of the California Code of Regulations). However, reclaimed
33concrete material that is in compliance with ASTM-94
34specifications is exempt from this division.


SEC. 3.  

Section 16004 of the Public Resources Code is
36amended to read:



This division does not supersede the requirements of
38the California Building Code or other provisions of law.