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          Bill No:  AB 221
          Author:   Quirk-Silva (D)
          Amended:  6/10/13 in Senate
          Vote:     21

          AYES:  Hill, Gaines, Calderon, Corbett, Fuller, Hancock,  
            Jackson, Leno, Pavley

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 5/2/13 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    Recycled concrete

           SOURCE  :     California Construction and Industrial Materials  

           DIGEST  :    This bill updates legislative findings and  
          declarations to state the benefits of recycling concrete and  
          updates the definition of recycled concrete to reference  
          compliance with the California Green Building Standards Code  

           ANALYSIS  :    

          Existing law:

          1.Provides that the policy of the state is to conserve and  
            protect resources by encouraging the recycling of solid waste  


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            and the purchase of those recycled materials.

          2.Authorizes the use of recycled concrete materials, as defined,  
            if the user has been fully informed that the concrete may  
            contain recycled concrete materials.

          3.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.

          4.Defines "recycled concrete" as reclaimed concrete material  
            used in concrete mixtures in accordance with specified  

          This bill:

          1.Updates legislative findings and declarations to state the  
            benefits of recycling concrete and updates the definition of  
            recycled concrete to reference compliance with the GBSC.

          2.States legislative findings and declarations relating to the  
            environmental and economic benefits of recycling concrete,  
            such as reducing waste, promoting conservation, and maximizing  
            the efficient use of natural resources.

          3.Updates the definition of recycled concrete to include mix  
            designs or aggregate gradations of reclaimed concrete material  
            that are in accordance with the specifications of the  
            California Building Code and GBSC.

          4.Corrects obsolete statutory references to the Uniform Building  
            Code (UBC).


           There are approximately 100 producers of recycled concrete in  
          California.  Concrete recycling is a method of using the rubble  
          from structures made of concrete that are demolished or  
          renovated.  Recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) is produced by  
          crushing concrete to reclaim the aggregate.  The primary use or  
          market for recycled concrete is road base; in paved roads as  
          aggregate base, aggregate sub-base, and shoulders, or surfacing  
          for gravel roads.  Other uses include base for building  


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          foundations, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks - all of which are  
          considered flat work.  On the other hand, for work not  
          considered flat, RCA may not be considered suitable.  In  
          comparative tests of columns made of RCA and natural concrete  
          aggregate, RCA showed similar bearing capacity with natural  
          concrete aggregate but demonstrated significantly greater  
          deformations.  (Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology,  
          "Comparative Tests of Beams and Columns Made of Recycled  
          Aggregate Concrete and Natural Aggregate Concrete" 2007)

          Recycling of concrete has two primary environmental benefits:   
          reducing the amount of waste going into landfills and reducing  
          the depletion of natural sources used for aggregate.  Asphalt  
          and concrete make up approximately 2.4% of California's disposed  
          waste stream, which is over 977,000 tons.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  7/1/13)

          California Construction and Industrial Materials Association  
          7/11 Materials, Inc.
          American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
          Bender Ready Mix, Inc.
          California Construction Trucking Association
          California Nevada Cement Association
          DHE, Inc.
          Elementis Specialties, Inc.
          National Ready Mixed Concrete Co.
          SESPE Consulting, Inc.
          Specialty Minerals, Inc.
          Syar Industries, Inc. and Syar Concrete LLC
          Vulcan Materials Company, West Region
          Werner Corporation
          West Coast Aggregates, Inc.

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office, with  
          the current statute being enacted prior to the adoption of both  
          AB 32 (Nuńez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006) and the CGBS, this  
          statute needs to be updated to reference the California GBSC and  
          more clearly state the resource conservation and sustainability  
          benefits from recycling reclaimed concrete materials.  This bill  


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          will help achieve current AB 32 goals by encouraging the  
          recycling of concrete by adding code reference to the GBSC in  
          current statute.  This links the concrete recycling provisions  
          in the GBSC to the current statute and ensures that link remains  
          as the GBSC expands.  This bill also removes the incorrect  
          references to the UBC and updates it to reference the California  
          Building Standards Code.  Finally, this bill updates the  
          findings to clearly state the specific resource conservation and  
          sustainability benefits from recycling, as well as conveys the  
          industry's support for green design.

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR :  76-0, 5/2/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown,  
            Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cooley, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eggman, Fong, Fox,  
            Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell,  
            Gray, Grove, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Logue, Lowenthal, Maienschein,  
            Mansoor, Medina, Melendez, Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin,  
            Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea,  
            V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner,  
            Stone, Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk,  
            Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Atkins, Jones, Williams, Vacancy

          RM:ej  7/1/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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