California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

2017 Recycling Program Rates

December 1, 2016


To: All Interested Parties

Subject: 2017 Recycling Program Rates

This Notice reports 2017 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, revised rates for aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal beverage containers will be effective January 1, 2017.

Attachment 1

This attachment shows 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 Section 2540(c)(1) requires RVM operators to 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.

Note to Certified Recycling Centers: If 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 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: January 1, 2017 (Excel | PDF)
  • Attachment 2:
    California Refund Value (CRV) Per Pound--Conversion Chart for Recycling Centers Only Effective Date: January 1, 2017 (Excel | PDF)

(Notice PDF)

Last updated: December 1, 2016
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