California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2016 Refund Value per Segregated Pound, Refund Value per Commingled Pound and Containers per Segregated Pound Rates

December 1, 2015

NOTICE

To: All Interested Parties

Subject: 2016 Refund Value per Segregated Pound, Refund Value per Commingled Pound and Containers per Segregated Pound Rates

This notice is to inform you of changes in the refund value per segregated pound rates as well as statewide refund value per commingled pound rates for each type of recycling program. Refund value per commingled pound rates reflect the percentage of California Redemption Value (CRV) containers in loads of recyclables containing both CRV and non-CRV containers, and are the basis for proper payment of CRV for such loads. The rates are set at the beginning of the calendar year and are subject to mid-year adjustments.

New rates for aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal beverage containers will be effective January 1, 2016, pursuant to the annual calculation requirement in Public Resources Code Section 14549.5.

Attachment 1 reflects the refund value per pound and containers per pound rates by program type. Table 1 applies only to recycling centers where individual consumer transactions take place. Table 2 applies only to material redeemed through reverse vending machines (RVMs). California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 2540(c) (1) requires RVMs to be reimbursed at the commingled rate. The exception is where, upon verification by the Division of Recycling, the reverse vending machine distinguishes 100 percent of the time between empty (redeemable) beverage containers and other (nonredeemable) containers. Further discussions on RVM redemption will be scheduled in the future. Tables 3, 4, and 5 are for curbside programs, certified drop-off or collection programs, and community service programs, respectively.

Attachment 2 is a refund value conversion chart intended only for use by recycling center operators, which reflects the refund values to be paid for consumer transactions. This chart is designed to determine the refund value based on weight received, rounded to the nearest one-tenth pound. This chart is not to be used for curbside, drop-off or collection, and community service program transactions, or for materials redeemed through a reverse vending machine.

Attachment 3 specifies the 2016 Individual Commingled Refund Values per Pound and should be used to determine proper payment to applicable curbside, drop-off or collection, and community service programs.

Individual commingled rates are applicable to specific material types (i.e., aluminum, glass, PET plastic, and HDPE plastic).

All qualified curbside, drop-off or collection, and community service programs not listed on Attachment 3 will continue to receive CRV at the statewide average refund value per commingled pound rates for all material types, until further notice.

NOTE REGARDING ICRS RATES: The ICRS program was suspended via Notice dated August 29, 2012. CalRecycle authorized an extension of the rates for participants who earned Individual Commingled Rates for the 2013 calendar year. For participants who continue to qualify, Individual Commingled Rates will remain effective in calendar year 2016 until further notice.

NOTE TO CERTIFIED RECYCLING CENTERS: If the changes to the refund value per segregated pound rates overlap a receipt and log period, it is recommended that a Shipping Report (DR-6) be filled out for the period of the old rate and a separate DR-6 be filled out for the period of the new rate. Failure to separate the weights may delay your payment and the Department will only reimburse payment at the lower rate for the entire reporting period.

If you have any further questions regarding these refund value per segregated pound, refund value per commingled pound rates or the number of containers per segregated pound, please contact Mike Miller at (916) 323-0713. Written comments may be sent via mail to 801 K Street, MS 17-24, Sacramento, CA 95814 or via facsimile to (916) 445-0645.

Mike Miller
Operations Manager

Attachments [available in PDF version below]

PDF Version of This Notice

Last updated: December 1, 2015
Beverage Container Recycling, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm