(a) If at any time a requirement has not been met, the department, in consultation with the board, shall review purchasing policies and shall make recommendations for immediate revisions to ensure that the recycled product purchasing requirements are met.
(b) In determining purchasing specifications, with the exception of any specifications that have been established to preserve the public health and safety, all state purchasing specifications shall be established in a manner that results in the maximum state purchase of recycled products.
(c) If a recycled product, as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 12200, costs more than the same product made with virgin material, the state agency shall, if feasible, purchase fewer of those more costly products or apply the cost savings, if any, gained from buying other recycled products towards the purchase of those more costly products to meet the solid waste diversion goals of Section 41780.
(d) Each state agency shall establish purchasing practices that ensure the purchase of goods and materials that may be recycled or reused. Each state agency shall continue activities for the collection, separation, and recycling of recyclable materials and may appoint a recycling coordinator to assist in implementing this section.
(e) To assist the state in meeting the requirements of this article, each state agency, and the department, in consultation with the board, may also establish recycled product-only bids, cooperative purchasing arrangements, or other mechanisms to meet the requirements for recycled products and to encourage the maximum state purchase of recycled products.
(f) The department, in consultation with the board, shall review and revise the purchasing specifications used by state agencies in order to eliminate restrictive specifications and discrimination against the purchase of recycled products and to ensure that they are drafted in a manner that results in the maximum state purchase of recycled products. All contract provisions impeding the consideration of recycled products shall be deleted in favor of performance standards.
(g) Any state agency that is required to submit an SABRC report to the board, pursuant to Section 12211, is subject to a review conducted by the board or its designee.
(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 590, Sec. 36. Effective January 1, 2006.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018