AB 812 (Ma, 2011-12) - Recycled Concrete and Asphalt

AB 812 would increase the allowable amount of recycled asphalt pavement used by CalTrans to 50%.

Position and Status.
CAW Supports. AB 812 is currently in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee.

Current law restricts recycled pavement use to a mere 15%, and also prohibits the use of the material for use in the Department of Transportation or Department of General Services projects unless specifically requested. AB 812 increases the permitted percentage of recycled material, but also ensures that departments will maintain control of their projects by allowing the Director of Transportation to make a final determination of how much recycled material will be used based on practicality and cost factors.

According to CalRecycle’s most recent Waste Characterization Study, California sends over 600,000 tons of concrete and asphalt paving to landfills every year, and AB 812 will help the state divert these materials to a higher and better use. Not only will the environmental impact of road construction be lowered through the use of recycled materials, but also through reducing the amount of petroleum, aggregate resources, and energy used to transport materials long distance to construction sites.

CAW Staff Contacts.
Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422

Assembly Member Fiona Ma 
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814

Californians Against Waste