Amended in Assembly April 29, 2013

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 materialsbegin delete,end delete 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 recycled 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:

4(a) Facilitating the recycling of natural resources is in the best
5interest of the state.

6(b) Facilitating recycling of concrete materials in concrete
7production reduces waste, truck trips, and emissions, while
8advancing sustainable practices in concrete manufacture.

9(c) Recycling of aggregates from concrete conserves the natural
10resources of aggregates.

11(d) Recycling of water conserves water resources.

12(e) Recycling of returned fresh concrete maximizes the reuse
13of the natural resources of aggregates, water, andbegin delete cement,end deletebegin insert cement end insert
14 and conserves embodied energy from concrete production.

15(f) Concrete producers strive to maximize recycling of natural
16resources in concrete manufacture and support the goal of using
17green design in construction.

18(g) This division is intended to encourage the use of recycled
19concrete as provided in this division.


SEC. 2.  

Section 16001 of the Public Resources Code is
21amended to read:



Forbegin delete theend delete purposes of this division, “recycled concrete”
23means reclaimed concrete material used in concrete mixtures in
24accordance with the “Greenbook Standard Specifications for Public
25Works” 2003 edition, or the most current revision of those
26requirements. “Recycled concrete” includes mix designs or
27aggregate gradations that are in accordance with the specifications
28or codes of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American
29Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International
30Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC),
31the California Building Code (Part 2 (commencing with Section
321.1.1) of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), Caltrans
33Standard Specifications, or the California Green Building Standards
34Codebegin delete (Chapterend deletebegin insert (Partend insert 11 (commencing with Section 101.1) of Title
3524 of the California Code of Regulations). However, reclaimed
36concrete material that is in compliance with ASTM-94
37specifications is exempt from this division.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 16004 of the Public Resources Code is
2amended to read:



This division does not supersede the requirements of
4the California Building Code or other provisions of law.