Recycling aluminum, plastic, glass and bi-metal beverage containers benefits you, the economy and the environment. The next time you enjoy a cold beverage, take a closer look at the label. If you see a symbol that says “CA CASH REFUND” or “CA CRV,” it means that the container is eligible to be recycled for cash. CRV stands for California Refund Value.

What do I get? 

  • 5¢ for most glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans less than 24 ounces;
  • 10¢ for equal to 24 ounces and larger.

bottles-cans-recycling-thumbnailWhere does the money come from? 

Actually, the CRV is added to the price of certain beverages when you buy it at the checkout stand. You get this back when you bring your CRV-eligible beverage containers to a certified recycling center. The CRV from containers placed in curbside or public recycling bins is claimed by the entity that collects them.

Keep it up!

Californians bought more than 23 billion carbonated and non-carbonated CRV-eligible drinks in 2015. More than 18.6 billion of those containers were recycled, saving natural resources, conserving energy, extending the life of our landfills and helping to reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.