California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Retailers/Dealers

Definition of Manufacturers and Distributors

Who Is a Beverage Manufacturer?

A beverage manufacturer is any person who bottles, cans, or otherwise fills beverage containers, or imports filled beverage containers, for sale to distributors, dealers, or consumers.

Beverage manufacturer requirements include:

  • Monthly submission of Beverage Manufacturer Reports and corresponding payments for processing fees to CalRecycle. The current Processing Fee can be found on the Official Notices page.
  • Maintain proper record keeping and record retention.
  • Proper filing and payment of annual report if designated as having Annual Reporter status.
  • Notification to the Division in writing if closing business or change in ownership.

Who Is a Distributor

A distributor is any person who engages in the sale of beverages in beverage containers to a dealer in California, including any manufacturer who engages in these sales. Distributor also includes any person who imports beverages from outside of California for sale to dealers or consumers in California.

Distributor requirements include:

  • Monthly submission of Distributor Reports and corresponding redemption payments to CalRecycle. The current California Redemption Value (CRV) rate can be found on the Official Notices page.
  • Maintain proper record keeping and record retention.
  • Proper filing and payment of annual report if designated as having Annual Reporter status.
  • Notification to the Division in writing if closing business or change in ownership.
Last updated: December 12, 2014
Beverage Container Retailers, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Retailers/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm