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DIVISION 12.3. RECYCLED CONCRETE [16000 - 16004]
  ( Division 12.3 added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 693, Sec. 1. )


The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

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

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

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

(d) Recycling of water conserves water resources.

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

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

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 154, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2014.)


For purposes of this division, “recycled concrete” means reclaimed concrete material used in concrete mixtures in accordance with the “Greenbook Standard Specifications for Public Works” 2003 edition, or the most current revision of those requirements. “Recycled concrete” includes mix designs or aggregate gradations that are in accordance with the specifications or codes of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), the California Building Code (Part 2 (commencing with Section 1.1.1) of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), Caltrans Standard Specifications, or the California Green Building Standards Code (Part 11 (commencing with Section 101.1) of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations). However, reclaimed concrete material that is in compliance with ASTM-94 specifications is exempt from this division.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 154, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2014.)


(a) Recycled concrete materials may be used if a user has been fully informed that the concrete may contain recycled concrete materials.

(b) For the purposes of this section, “fully informed” means informed of the potential use of recycled materials in a concrete product prior to or at the time of ordering, either orally or in writing, and informed by the delivery receipt as to the recycled ingredients at delivery acceptance.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 693, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)


No recycled concrete shall be offered, provided, or sold to the Department of Transportation or the Department of General Services for any use, including, but not limited to, any project under its affiliation, contract authority, or oversight responsibility unless specifically requested and approved by the department.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 693, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)


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

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 154, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2014.)

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