Beverage Container Recycling

Every bottle and can you recycle eases the strain on our natural resources and reduces greenhouse gases in our skies. Want to step up your efforts to help the environment? Want to know what's out there beyond your community's curbside program? No doubt, reaching for the recycling bin just feels right. So no matter how you're doing your part, thank you.

Of course with recycling, there's no such thing as too much of a good thing. And in that spirit, here you can learn all you need to know about how to recycle in your community and how to cash in while doing it.

Important Consumer Refund Information

CRV Redemption

California Refund Value (CRV) is the amount paid by consumers at the checkout stand and paid back to consumers when they recycle eligible aluminum, plastic, glass and bi-metal beverage containers at certified recycling centers. The minimum refund value established for each type of eligible beverage container is 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater.

for California Redemption Value (CRV)

CRV Eligible
  • Beer and Malt Beverages
  • Wine Coolers
  • Carbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Noncarbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Coffee and Tea Beverages
  • 100% Fruit Juice less than 46 oz.
  • Vegetable Juice 16 oz. or less

for California Redemption Value (CRV)

CRV Not Eligible

  • Milk
  • Medical Food
  • Infant Formula
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • 100% Fruit Juice 46 oz. or more
  • 100% Vegetable Juice more than 16 oz.
  • Food and Non-Beverage Containers


Check the label on the container

CRV Label
  • “California Redemption Value”
  • “CA Redemption Value”
  • “California Cash Refund”
  • “CA CRV”
  • “CA Cash Refund”

Per-Container Redemption vs. By Weight

Customers who deliver empty CRV beverage containers to recycling centers may request to be paid by count for up to 50 containers of each material type:  50 glass, 50 aluminum, 50 plastic.  Daily load limits of empty CRV beverage containers are 100 pounds each for aluminum and plastic, and 1,000 pounds for glass. Any consumer who has been denied this right by a recycling center can file a complaint via email or by calling 1-800-RECYCLE.

Redeem Clean, Eligible Containers

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.

Non-CRV Materials

State law requires recycling centers to Pay California Redemption Value (CRV) re-funds for loads that contain ONLY eligible CRV beverage containers. Non-CRV materials must be removed from the load, or the recycling center may reject the load or pay only the scrap value for the material.

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