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. Items must be separated by material type.
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.
Recycling centers are allowed to pay by weight as a matter of business efficiency, but consumers also have the option of being paid on a per-container basis if they bring in 50 or fewer CRV containers of each material type. Recycling centers are required to comply with this request. No out-of-state material is eligible for California Refund Value. Consumers and others may only claim CRV for aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers that were sold in California.
Requirements regarding the condition of beverage containers are established by the recycling center and may vary. Contact your recycling center to determine its requirements.
To learn more about the CRV program: contact CalRecycle at 1-800-RECYCLE or visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Consumers/
Which beverage containers can you redeem for CRV?
Eligible for CRV:
- Beer and malt beverages
- Wine coolers and distilled spirit 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
- Sports drinks
NOT eligible for CRV:
- Milk jugs
- Medical food
- Infant formula
- 100% fruit juice 46 oz. or more
- 100% vegetable juice more than 16 oz.
- Food and other non-beverage containers
When in doubt, check the label on the container:
- California Redemption Value
- CA Redemption Value
- California Cash Refund
- CA CRV
- CA Cash Refund