California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2016 Mid-Year Recycling Program Rates - REVISED

June 10, 2016


To: All Interested Parties

Subject: 2016 Mid-Year Recycling Program Rates - REVISED

This Notice reports 2016 mid-year changes to recycling rates, including refund value per segregated pound, refund value per commingled pound, and containers per segregated pound for each type of California recycling program.

In accordance with Public Resources Code Section 14549.5, the revised rates for aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal beverage containers will be effective July 1, 2016.

Please note, this letter revises the June 1, 2016 notice for the following items:

  1. Glass Containers Per Segregated Pound at certified drop-off / collection programs (CPs).
  2. Glass Refund Value per Commingled Pound at CPs
  3. Glass Refund Value per Segregated Pound at CPs

No changes were made to any other material types nor programs.

Attachment 1
This attachment provides the rates for refund value per pound and containers per pound by program type:

  • Table 1 applies only to recycling centers (RCs) where individual consumer transactions take place.
  • Table 2 applies only to material redeemed through reverse vending machines (RVMs). California Code of Regulations 2540(c), requires that RVM operators be reimbursed at the “applicable commingled rate.” Exceptions can be made upon verification by the Division of Recycling, that “the reverse vending machine distinguishes 100% of the time between empty [CRV] beverage containers and other [non-CRV] containers.”
  • Table 3 applies only to curbside programs (CSs).
  • Table 4 applies only to certified drop-off / collection programs (CPs).
  • Table 5 applies only to community service programs (SPs).

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

Attachment 3
This attachment provides 2016 mid-year Individual Commingled Rate Survey (ICRS) Refund Values per Pound for qualified programs, and will be used to determine payment to applicable curbside, drop-off / collection, and community service programs.

All qualified curbside, drop-off / collection, and community service programs not listed in Attachment 3, will receive their payment at the statewide average refund value per commingled pound rates for all material types.

Please note that the ICRS program was suspended via Notice dated August 29, 2012. CalRecycle has authorized 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 in effect until further notice.

ICRS Program Note: If you observe any issues with Attachment 3 (ICRS rates), such as missing programs, or programs which may no longer be eligible for ICRS rates (e.g. decertified programs, split loads, expired or changed contracts, altered sorting or baling processes, new sorting machinery or facilities, etc.), please contact CalRecycle’s ICRS Program Coordinator, Michael Vanderburg, at, or at (916) 327-2769.

Note to Certified Recycling Centers: If changes to the refund value per segregated pound rates overlap a receipt and log period, it’s strongly recommended that a Shipping Report (DR-6) be filled out for the period with the old rate and a separate DR-6 be filled out for the period with the new rate. Failure to separate the weights may delay your payment, and CalRecycle will only reimburse operators at the lower rate for the entire reporting period.

If you have questions regarding this Notice or these rates, please contact me (Mike Miller) at, or at (916) 323-0713.

Written comments may be sent to:

CalRecycle, Division of Recycling
801 K St., MS 17-24
Sacramento, CA 95814.

Thank you.

Mike Miller, Chief
Division of Recycling
Operations Branch


  • Attachment 1:
    Payment of California Refund Value Effective Date: July 1, 2016 (Excel | PDF)
  • Attachment 2:
    California Refund Value (CRV) Per Pound--Conversion Chart for Recycling Centers Only Effective Date: July 1, 2016 (Excel | PDF)
  • Attachment 3:
    Individual Commingled Rate Program (ICRS)--Refund Value Per Pound Rates Effective Date: July 1, 2016 (Excel | PDF)

(Notice PDF)

Last updated: June 10, 2016
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