California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Beverage Container Recycling

Six-Month Periods: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates

Information on this page is part of the Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates for the 6-month period of July through December 2016. Rates for the 12-month period of January through December 2016 and other calendar years are also available.

Aluminum: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 85 85 4,359,362,685 3,726,632,959 0 99,157,894
Jan-June 2016 96 96 3,709,193,556 3,575,720,399 0 109,885,014
July-Dec 2015 88 88 4,464,622,288 3,907,415,144 0 119,601,958
Jan-June 2015 97 97 3,833,131,749 3,716,098,793 0 94,138,669
July-Dec 2014 93 93 4,474,633,933 4,157,165,609 0 131,399,522
Jan-June 2014 100 100 3,792,519,524 3,807,624,029 0 84,893,360
Glass: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 77 66 1,743,524,602 1,154,901,811 690 249,361,342
Jan-June 2016 91 78 1,478,760,608 1,150,837,526 260 252,068,071
July-Dec 2015 81 70 1,738,831,764 1,221,627,127 21,985 254,426,058
Jan-June 2015 89 76 1,541,216,339 1,167,520,067 720 267,827,090
July-Dec 2014 85 72 1,724,218,760 1,235,895,477 495 285,375,338
Jan-June 2014 97 82 1,423,887,672 1,165,039,597 36,025 272,169,765
#1 PET: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 70 70 6,325,621,599 4,444,189,753 0 156,266,052
Jan-June 2016 83 83 4,995,578,033 4,169,311,096 0 150,309,369
July-Dec 2015 73 73 6,148,552,627 4,478,426,732 0 148,244,720
Jan-June 2015 81 81 4,811,632,011 3,907,533,647 0 168,310,959
July-Dec 2014 69 69 5,797,262,133 4,008,380,681 0 148,971,715
Jan-June 2014 72 72 4,429,974,469 3,186,740,167 0 135,284,137
#2 HDPE: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 273 60 124,291,409 74,724,088 0 268,282,517
Jan-June 2016 308 69 118,750,484 82,352,560 0 287,573,686
July-Dec 2015 265 70 136,359,904 95,064,655 0 271,445,962
Jan-June 2015 327 78 121,146,646 95,017,034 0 306,381,243
July-Dec 2014 267 69 139,064,716 95,355,409 0 281,044,091
Jan-June 2014 280 71 133,073,810 94,907,746 0 282,009,182
#3 PVC: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 10 10 47,348 4,957 0 97
Jan-June 2016 26 26 11,523 2,988 0 12
July-Dec 2015 42 42 12,876 5,419 0 72
Jan-June 2015 59 59 9,406 5,505 0 1
July-Dec 2014 18 17 16,047 2,750 0 197
Jan-June 2014 22 22 4,828 1,080 0 8
#4 LDPE: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 8 3 6,711,041 173,164 0 343,245
Jan-June 2016 3 2 7,726,805 125,073 0 100,550
July-Dec 2015 12 1 10,906,688 157,146 0 1,112,550
Jan-June 2015 22 2 8,718,651 149,501 0 1,811,738
July-Dec 2014 4 2 10,765,345 174,075 0 288,201
Jan-June 2014 1 1 10,544,567 145,860 0 18,119
#5 PP: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 7 6 1,640,368 102,298 0 18,075
Jan-June 2016 9 7 1,270,174 94,793 0 18,006
July-Dec 2015 7 5 1,560,063 82,110 0 25,108
Jan-June 2015 7 6 1,691,512 105,351 0 22,233
July-Dec 2014 10 8 1,054,141 86,295 0 19,506
Jan-June 2014 29 25 418,606 104,067 0 23,360
#6 PS: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 25 25 62,987,320 15,905,261 0 835,633
Jan-June 2016 23 22 57,082,717 12,591,789 0 1,025,020
July-Dec 2015 22 22 65,326,028 14,214,565 0 908,255
Jan-June 2015 25 25 54,950,845 13,578,988 0 1,065,578
July-Dec 2014 18 18 57,309,538 10,321,761 0 597,643
Jan-June 2014 16 16 51,482,734 8,110,436 0 570,115
#7 Other: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 8 8 23,367,008 1,786,862 0 225,067
Jan-June 2016 8 8 20,747,495 1,585,121 0 207,601
July-Dec 2015 7 7 26,022,869 1,714,586 0 171,492
Jan-June 2015 8 7 21,487,619 1,500,002 0 192,273
July-Dec 2014 3 3 51,050,791 1,573,935 0 159,188
Jan-June 2014 5 5 22,997,921 1,061,276 0 131,343
Bimetal: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 11 11 24,218,999 2,713,119 0 158,785
Jan-June 2016 12 10 22,459,482 2,214,631 0 481,921
July-Dec 2015 18 16 18,563,313 3,033,195 0 426,726
Jan-June 2015 26 24 15,241,899 3,634,861 0 524,824
July-Dec 2014 37 35 17,267,485 6,059,041 0 600,995
Jan-June 2014 17 16 16,096,149 2,517,078 0 356,205
All Materials: Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates
Date Ranges Redemption Recycling Sales* Recycled Refillable Postfilled
July-Dec 2016 77 74 12,671,772,379 9,421,134,272 690 774,648,707
Jan-June 2016 90 86 10,411,580,877 8,994,835,977 260 801,669,251
July-Dec 2015 80 77 12,610,758,420 9,721,740,679 21,985 796,362,901
Jan-June 2015 89 86 10,409,226,677 8,905,143,749 720 840,274,608
July-Dec 2014 81 78 12,272,642,889 9,515,015,033 495 848,456,396
Jan-June 2014 87 84 9,881,000,280 8,266,251,336 36,025 775,455,594

Calculation of Redemption and Recycling Rates

A = number of empty beverage containers returned           Redemption Rate = A + B + [C - (0.05 x (A + B))] x 100

B = refillables returned                                                                                                            D                          (The value in brackets [ ] is included only when greater than zero.]

C = postfilled food or drink packaging containers returned  Recycling Rate =                                      (A+B) x 100

D = number of beverage containers sold                                                                                                     D

Container Per Pound Rates (CRV / Postfilled)
Date Range Aluminum Glass #1 PET #2 HDPE #3 PVC #4 LDPE
July-Dec 2016 (RCs Only) 28.8 / 35.1 1.93 / 0.94 20.8 / 7.2 6.7 / 5.5 11.2 / NA 41.2 / NA
Container Per Pound Rates (CRV / Postfilled)
Date Range #5 PP #6 PS #7 Other Bimetal
July-Dec 2016 (RCs Only) 6.0 / NA 113.3 / NA 3.2 / NA 6.6 / NA

Footnote

Please note that the recycling and redemption rates in the Biannual Report are calculated based on a two-month lag on containers sold to account for the time between when a beverage is sold and when it is returned.

On the other hand, the Quarterly Report on the Status of the Beverage Container Recycling Fund, does not include this two-month lag. The Quarterly report presents a month-to-month calculation, meaning that sold beverage containers in one month are calculated against containers returned that same month. This difference is the primary factor in any difference between the sales and returns numbers in the Biannual Report compared to the numbers in the Quarterly Report

Notice (PDF) | Rates By 12-Month Period

Last updated: May 10, 2017
Beverage Container Recycling, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Contacts.htm