Amended in Senate June 10, 2013

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 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 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, and cement and
14conserves embodied energy from concrete production.

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

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19begin insert(f)end insert This division is intended to encourage the use of recycled
20concrete as provided in this division.


SEC. 2.  

Section 16001 of the Public Resources Code is
22amended to read:



For purposes of this division, “recycled concrete” means
24reclaimed concrete material used in concrete mixtures in
25accordance with the “Greenbook Standard Specifications for Public
26Works” 2003 edition, or the most current revision of those
27requirements. “Recycled concrete” includes mix designs or
28aggregate gradations that are in accordance with the specifications
29or codes of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American
30Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International
31Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC),
32the California Building Code (Part 2 (commencing with Section
331.1.1) of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), Caltrans
34Standard Specifications, or the California Green Building Standards
35Code (Part 11 (commencing with Section 101.1) of Title 24 of the
36California Code of Regulations). However, reclaimed concrete
37material that is in compliance with ASTM-94 specifications is
38exempt 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.