You can get your beverage container recycling refunds on a per-container basis instead of by weight.
- By law, you can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic, and 50 bi-metal California Redemption Value (CRV) containers and request to be paid by count. You will be paid the full CRV redemption of 5 cents or 10 cents on each container. Inform the site attendant of your load content and how you would like to receive payment before you hand over your load.
- Any consumer who has been denied this right by a recycling center can
file a complaint via email or by calling 1-800-RECYCLE.
- If recycling more than 50 containers of any one material type, the decision to pay by count or weight is determined by the recycling center operator. Make sure your containers are whole and free of contaminants such as dirt, excessive liquid or other foreign substances. If you are being paid by weight, make sure the load contains only eligible CRV beverage containers.
- Daily load limits of empty CRV beverage containers are 100 pounds each for aluminum and plastic, and 1,000 pounds for glass. If the load includes containers not eligible for CRV, the recycling center must either reject the load or pay only scrap value.
To learn which beverages are covered by CRV, read either
Beverages Subject to California Refund Value (CRV) (English
| Spanish) or CRV Only--It's the Law (English |