AB 484 (Nava, 2007-08) Recycled Aggregate Base
AB 484 prohibits the contractors of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) from disposing concrete in landfills without submitting a report to state that explains why this material was disposed.
Position and Status.
CAW Supports. AB 484 was vetoed by the Governor in October 2007 (read veto message). The bill passed the Senate with a 23-12 vote and the Assembly with a 46-28 vote.
Construction and demolition debris makes up 22% of the state's waste stream. Much of this material is highly recyclable and nearly 2.7 million tons (over one-fifth of the construction and demolition waste) could be reused for highway construction and repair. The concrete, rocks, and asphalt that currently go into landfills could be used to save the state money and virgin resources on road projects. Recycling this material would help cities meet or exceed their 50% diversion requirement under the Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939).
AB 484 requires that Caltrans' contractors recycle concrete waste instead of disposing it in landfills.
CAW Staff Contacts.
Scott Smithline (916) 443-5422
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