SB 735 (Wiggins, 2007-08) Recycled Aggregate Base

SB 735 would require the CA Department of Transportation to track the use of recycled materials in its projects. This bill would also require that this information be reported annually, beginning in 2009.

Position and Status
CAW Supports. SB 735 was vetoed by the Governor. Read the veto message. The bill passed the Senate with a 24-15 vote and the Assembly with a 43-28 vote.

Currently, 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 (22% 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.

The Department of Transportation is also currently under a mandate to utilize recycled materials in its projects when they are cost effective given lifespan, durability, and maintenance costs. This bill would allow the California public to adequately assess Caltrans' efforts toincorporate recycled construction and demolition debris into its highway projects.

CAW Staff Contacts.
Scott Smithline (916) 443-5422

Californians Against Waste
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Asphalt Pavement Association
Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.
California Refuse Removal Council
Construction Materials Recycling Association of Southern CA
Sierra Club California


Current Language, Analyses and votes.