Eligible for California Redemption Value (CRV)
California Redemption Value (CRV) is 5 cents for containers smaller than 24 oz and 10 cents for containers larger than 24 oz.
When Are Vegetable Juices Ineligible for CRV?
Vegetable juice containers that are larger than 16 oz cannot be redeemed for CRV.
Containers Accepted Per CRV Visit
You can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic and 50 bi-metal CRV containers and request to be paid by count.
What to Tell the CRV Attendant
Inform the CRV 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 call 1-800-RECYCLE.
Rinse Out Before Recycling
Empty and rinse out beverage containers before recycling or redeeming them for cash. Moisture and dirt contaminate the recycling. A CRV site attendant may reject a pile if it is excessively contaminated.
Leave Caps Attached to Plastic Bottles
It’s OK to recycle caps and lids on plastic containers, as long as they are still attached to their original containers.
Do Not Crush Cans
You do not need to flatten or crush beverage containers. If you’re using an automated reverse vending machine (RVM), keep the containers as they are, so the machine can recognize the container type. If you are weighing them, they can be brought in whole or flattened.