California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Beverage Container Recycling

Calendar Year Periods: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates

Information on this page are rates for the 12-month period of January through December 2013 and other calendar years. Rates for the 6-month periods of January through June 2014 and July through December 2013 are also available, as well as 6-month periods for other years.

Aluminum: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
Aluminum Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 100 100 8,346,419,513 8,342,134,093 0 276,884,070
2012 94 94 8,638,801,146 8,123,249,346 0 208,967,732
2011 97 97 8,528,534,391 8,297,656,638 0 131,255,848
2010 94 94 8,830,503,071 8,262,251,598 0 183,283,911
2009 91 91 9,200,376,864 8,354,269,499 0 145,503,506
2008 84 84 9,539,853,194 8,004,343,689 0 44,421,762
2007 79 79 9,613,050,224 7,616,879,727 0 88,490,455
2006 72 72 10,018,815,900 7,217,550,376 0 10,495,163
2005 73 73 9,649,079,960 7,073,940,741 0 16,864,583
2004 76 75 9,764,193,509 7,361,715,276 0 3,312,941
2003 67 70 9,595,275,797 6,682,353,680 0 58,635,725
2002 74 74 9,420,894,816 6,971,154,448 0 85,989,348
2001 75 75 9,426,681,445 7,036,772,391 0 75,404,003
2000 76* 76* 9,521,709,518 7,086,969,721 0 73,859,460
1999 80 80 9,189,990,393 7,348,438,576 0 155,372,430
1998 80 80 9,273,717,898 7,381,508,007 0 178,559,988
1997 80 80 9,192,062,677 7,391,944,684 0 206,552,057
1996 80 80 9,046,339,201 7,257,109,422 0 157,451,082
1995 84 84 8,996,915,732 7,565,437,626 0 293,381,456
1994 82 82 9,640,060,625 7,859,363,654 0 150,118,131
1993 84 84 9,473,124,532 7,926,540,025 0 214,496,528
1992 85 85 9,849,092,574 8,378,479,015 0 204,306,718
1991 85 85 9,735,460,863 8,235,715,915 0 170,214,314
1990 76 76 9,859,752,871 7,478,135,392 0 153,794,134
1989 64 64 9,231,958,871 5,940,283,700 0 49,407,050
1988 62 61 8,829,125,615 5,416,522,775 0 358,327,175
Glass: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
Glass Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 97 85 3,041,977,661 2,594,514,420 456 480,918,476
2012 96 84 2,995,935,708 2,519,706,355 558 468,025,919
2011 96 84 2,900,759,697 2,439,789,363 808 455,012,720
2010 95 85 2,925,441,274 2,482,262,726 618 420,232,943
2009 91 80 3,131,130,270 2,519,321,210 1,697 440,461,371
2008 84 76 3,339,106,477 2,523,961,411 7,525 391,349,224
2007 75 67 3,489,108,046 2,330,774,614 9,638 389,179,670
2006 66 59 3,608,513,760 2,112,947,786 2,821 370,369,583
2005 65 58 3,466,533,078 2,013,762,725 2,130 353,661,624
2004 63 56 3,479,268,354 1,955,998,098 128,867 342,089,880
2003 58 51 3,389,513,062 1,723,047,987 364,085 314,717,017
2002 59 52 3,426,758,463 1,788,856,334 380,457 314,008,206
2001 62 54 3,469,509,699 1,868,554,693 378,452 362,368,007
2000 60* 5* 3,342,291,557 1,828,493,003 4,193,806 315,211,767
1999 71 60 2,699,056,360 1,563,428,698 56,547,053 381,756,617
1998 75 63 2,547,082,395 1,533,478,471 78,152,008 379,486,791
1997 79 67 2,488,007,100 1,575,406,811 90,836,718 383,973,447
1996 82 69 2,432,063,268 1,574,020,543 102,421,509 400,541,247
1995 86 74 2,477,905,727 1,731,621,270 111,828,496 376,815,597
1994 84 73 2,554,889,789 1,735,423,078 125,310,440 384,421,672
1993 86 75 2,524,975,195 1,753,023,220 147,140,942 369,469,526
1992 95 72 2,638,669,944 1,718,900,206 168,996,240 718,914,546
1991 85 71 2,837,961,367 1,802,801,890 198,954,148 508,723,118
1990 60 57 3,252,914,365 1,644,555,614 215,792,631 183,272,912
1989 45 40 3,136,247,664 945,069,624 304,045,641 216,179,258
1988 44 35 3,165,716,125 664,948,766 441,803,396 324,349,294
PET: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#1 PET Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 74 74 9,463,507,792 6,967,199,447 0 240,790,404
2012 70 70 8,987,380,757 6,261,353,441 0 226,008,864
2011 67 67 8,506,386,719 5,691,492,496 0 184,324,414
2010 68 68 8,047,937,685 5,479,307,708 0 176,256,081
2009 73 73 8,181,154,963 6,005,759,655 0 158,405,528
2008 62 62 8,603,054,451 5,322,655,475 0 146,233,004
2007 54 54 8,318,703,619 4,526,823,914 0 137,690,275
2006 47 47 7,798,923,048 3,644,524,984 0 141,107,582
2005 46 46 6,858,895,480 3,124,591,752 0 130,597,359
2004 39 39 6,415,159,040 2,512,392,756 0 121,121,275
2003 36 35 5,553,858,516 1,947,144,218 0 125,886,380
2002 36 36 4,732,756,528 1,687,585,835 0 106,089,707
2001 37 36 4,032,761,142 1,435,601,027 0 112,531,165
2000 34* 34* 3,239,139,000 1,181,701,068 0 73,332,339
1999 79 65 1,278,411,247 829,974,260 0 223,909,692
1998 69 57 1,284,678,834 731,421,805 0 193,778,325
1997 69 58 1,206,774,464 698,322,157 0 168,565,032
1996 69 59 1,028,068,545 607,521,858 0 127,904,829
1995 74 64 760,783,391 488,882,966 0 99,011,197
1994 80 71 605,667,834 429,468,272 0 77,573,604
1993 76 70 577,329,580 403,344,084 0 58,323,616
1992 75 68 549,907,144 371,540,845 0 58,814,794
1991 58 56 530,597,819 299,758,173 0 20,829,383
1990 31 31 558,856,452 171,828,692 0 8,298,647
1989 7 7 556,680,692 37,863,612 0 1,221,987
1988 5 4 560,093,605 24,327,749 0 2,971,618
HDPE: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#2 HDPE Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 307 108 291,718,544 315,062,959 0 595,537,108
2012 223 91 361,328,577 330,556,020 0 491,647,800
2011 264 104 313,253,833 325,908,263 0 516,331,345
2010 235 92 328,475,429 302,278,255 0 483,678,996
2009 239 109 333,773,107 363,460,377 0 452,634,864
2008 210 91 340,429,976 311,121,660 0 420,195,579
2007 172 67 380,601,853 256,710,868 0 411,767,176
2006 168 59 368,095,875 217,278,376 0 412,468,760
2005 149 51 390,610,134 199,446,347 0 393,714,308
2004 131 47 425,894,436 198,752,419 0 370,342,710
2003 97 34 525,379,842 176,430,068 0 342,980,733
2002 118 42 427,072,126 181,466,591 0 331,509,039
2001 110 39 457,575,262 177,141,048 0 336,565,235
2000 98* 22* 385,191,241 93,243,804 0 345,788,475
PVC: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#3 PVC Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 14 14 54,770 7,575 0 467
2012 5 5 259,977 12,130 0 139
2011 15 15 288,373 44,672 0 467
2010 0 0 740,085 950 0 23
2009 0 0 986,777 1,846 0 0
2008 8 8 948,340 78,331 0 1,399
2007 14 14 752,626 107,992 0 6
2006 19 19 314,221 60,124 0 529
2005 6 6 570,261 36,597 0 1,693
2004 5 5 922,688 45,486 0 3,719
2003 5 4 1,151,133 48,650 0 7,218
2002 1 1 3,518,723 19,920 0 5,642
2001 2 1 3,519,764 51,490 0 4,172
2000 2* 2* 2,259,829 46,244 0 9,514
LDPE: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
by Calendar Year
#4 LDPE Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 2 1 27,124,410 384,458 0 167,660
2012 2 1 22,943,164 323,117 0 200,156
2011 1 1 21,433,162 305,845 0 25,058
2010 1 1 17,732,929 134,941 0 9,340
2009 1 1 10,393,343 85,146 0 5,705
2008 0 0 8,828,872 14,277 0 3,222
2007 0 0 6,888,846 10,778 0 5,543
2006 0 0 6,462,289 5,782 0 12,055
2005 0 0 6,900,494 8,140 0 1,265
2004 0 0 5,862,416 2,951 0 473
2003 0 0 7,301,050 2,575 0 13,214
2002 0 0 13,679,022 2,417 0 10,423
2001 1 0 14,066,167 9,638 0 106,864
2000 0* 0* 893,623 228 0 47
PP: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#5 PP Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 11 10 831,473 79,852 0 14,400
2012 6 5 2,518,323 129,398 0 17,068
2011 6 3 1,065,288 34,744 0 29,587
2010 4 4 695,958 24,392 0 2,890
2009 1 1 1,353,506 12,435 0 3,300
2008 1 1 1,709,379 13,082 0 623
2007 3 3 2,210,175 77,063 0 572
2006 2 2 3,945,154 73,484 0 3,867
2005 1 1 3,074,850 22,976 0 942
2004 1 1 3,139,197 21,889 0 0
2003 1 1 1,790,682 12,098 0 6,925
2002 2 1 1,107,605 16,537 0 5,057
2001 8 7 514,294 34,721 0 6,094
2000 10* 10* 811,660 79,025 0 2,529
PS: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#6 PS Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 19 19 94,851,400 18,123,173 0 963,780
2012 18 18 80,123,381 14,661,171 0 756,930
2011 10 10 71,353,426 7,247,675 0 270,644
2010 8 8 61,330,815 4,664,795 0 309,558
2009 3 2 62,646,529 1,309,518 0 429,732
2008 1 1 51,728,106 607,647 0 21,768
2007 1 1 33,996,598 387,283 0 40,131
2006 1 1 32,432,195 247,029 0 12,488
2005 1 1 32,641,452 205,317 0 19,544
2004 0 0 52,667,652 82,155 0 22,238
2003 0 0 74,408,481 32,680 0 50,193
2002 0 0 73,390,428 26,699 0 9,144
2001 0 0 49,856,952 39,758 0 13,855
2000 0* 0* 26,362,287 66,534 0 3,281
Other: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
#7 Other Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 6 5 57,391,420 3,059,219 0 373,112
2012 6 5 52,566,232 2,754,717 0 446,632
2011 8 7 49,979,611 3,374,367 0 628,976
2010 11 10 27,481,289 2,864,262 0 378,301
2009 9 8 37,945,726 2,998,099 0 383,619
2008 7 7 35,934,816 2,427,064 0 271,432
2007 7 6 40,366,526 2,579,342 0 266,837
2006 5 4 41,525,903 1,788,663 0 229,111
2005 6 6 29,787,510 1,801,073 0 76,924
2004 10 10 25,369,712 2,541,878 0 126,225
2003 1 1 25,520,391 290,781 0 33,095
2002 0 0 20,544,424 41,234 0 10,531
2001 0 0 10,842,578 19,820 0 10,112
2000 1* 1* 14,656,909 80,409 0 23,362
Bimetal: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
Bimetal Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 19 18 32,882,023 5,961,712 0 745,045
2012 16 16 28,031,840 4,365,312 0 459,554
2011 17 16 26,417,008 4,286,242 0 288,894
2010 13 12 23,385,562 2,893,998 0 326,352
2009 10 10 38,733,488 3,694,325 0 301,084
2008 14 14 31,632,517 4,306,701 0 347,164
2007 10 9 38,942,741 3,699,321 0 401,092
2006 8 8 41,529,914 3,235,096 0 356,523
2005 8 7 47,178,540 3,508,551 0 432,928
2004 6 5 65,019,282 3,020,186 0 1,057,274
2003 6 6 68,296,985 4,098,082 0 520,747
2002 2 1 56,396,942 785,045 0 156,002
2001 1 1 47,846,889 523,120 0 164,993
2000 1* 1* 25,093,499 297,767 0 63,323
1999 11 11 2,270,648 260,797 0 15,370
1998 13 13 2,088,892 264,603 0 10,246
1997 19 19 2,252,193 432,794 0 27,375
1996 17 17 2,230,519 388,095 0 29,890
1995 21 21 2,268,190 484,539 0 21,375
1994 17 17 2,506,373 430,610 0 10,470
1993 19 19 3,655,432 683,945 0 16,945
1992 12 12 6,453,684 796,519 0 42,330
1991 14 14 6,353,803 878,207 0 59,958
1990 3 3 10,529,837 314,760 0 34,415
1989 2 2 10,643,975 199,890 0 354,570
1988 0 0 7,683,421 13,237 0 300
All Materials: Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates by Calendar Year
All Materials Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
2013 89 85 21,356,759,006 18,246,526,908 456 1,596,394,522
2012 84 82 21,169,889,105 17,257,111,007 558 1,396,530,794
2011 84 82 20,419,471,508 16,770,133,305 808 1,288,167,953
2010 84 82 20,263,724,097 16,536,683,625 618 1,264,478,395
2009 84 82 20,998,494,573 17,250,912,110 1,697 1,198,128,709
2008 75 74 21,953,226,128 16,169,529,337 7,525 1,002,845,178
2007 69 67 21,924,621,254 14,738,050,903 9,638 1,027,841,756
2006 61 60 21,920,558,259 13,197,711,698 2,821 935,026,546
2005 62 61 20,485,271,759 12,417,324,219 2,130 895,371,171
2004 61 59 20,237,496,286 12,034,573,093 128,867 838,076,736
2003 56 55 19,242,495,939 10,533,460,820 364,085 842,851,246
2002 60 58 18,176,119,077 10,629,955,059 380,457 837,793,099
2001 62 60 17,513,174,192 10,518,747,707 378,452 887,174,501
2000 62* 61* 16,558,409,123 10,190,977,803 4,193,806 808,294,098
1999 76 74 13,169,728,648 9,742,102,332 56,547,053 761,054,109
1998 76 74 13,107,568,019 9,646,672,886 78,152,008 751,835,350
1997 78 76 12,889,096,434 9,666,106,446 90,836,718 759,117,911
1996 78 76 12,508,701,533 9,439,039,918 102,421,509 685,927,048
1995 83 81 12,237,873,040 9,786,426,401 111,828,496 769,229,625
1994 80 79 12,803,124,621 10,024,685,614 125,310,440 612,123,877
1993 82 81 12,579,084,739 10,083,591,274 147,140,942 642,306,615
1992 85 82 13,044,123,346 10,469,716,585 168,996,240 982,078,388
1991 82 80 13,110,373,852 10,339,154,185 198,954,148 699,826,773
1990 70 70 13,682,053,525 9,294,834,458 215,792,631 345,400,108
1989 56 56 12,935,531,202 6,923,416,826 304,045,641 267,162,865
1988 55 52 12,562,618,766 6,105,812,527 441,803,396 685,648,387

* Due to the addition of new beverages on January 1, 2000 from the passage of SB332, the calculation of the redemption and recycling rates for 2000 was based on the sales and return data reported from March - December 2000. This is to account for the two month sales lag. However, the totals for the sales, recycled, refillable and postfilled columns are for January - December 2000.

** Beginning 2003, all recycling and redemption rates are presented as whole numbers.

Calculation of Redemption and Recycling Rates

Redemption Rate = (A + B + [C - (0.05 x (A + B))]) / D (The value in brackets [ ] is included only when greater than zero.)

Recycling Rate = (A+B) / D

A = number of empty beverage containers returned

B = refillables returned

C = postfilled food or drink packaging containers returned

D = number of beverage containers sold

Footnote
* Because of the delay between the time a container is distributed for sale and the time it is returned for recycling, the Department has determined the average "Return Time" as two months. The sales shown reflect this two month lag period.

Rates By 6-Month Period | Notice (PDF, 262KB)

Last updated: November 6, 2014
Beverage Container Recycling, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm