California Redemption Value (CRV) Buyback Centers

Most beverages other than milk, medical food, infant formula, wine, and distilled spirits packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers are subject to California Refund Value (CRV)

  1. Redeeming CRV
  2. Important Consumer Refund Info!

Effective July 29, 2004 the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Chapter 5, Section 2535(b),  reads as follows:

 "For deliveries to a recycling center, except reverse vending machines:  
(1) The consumer has the option of being paid based on count for up to 50 empty beverage containers of each material type.
(2) The recycler may pay based on count for all deliveries of empty beverage containers received from consumers."  

This means that a customer may deliver up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 bi-metal, and 50 plastic empty CRV containers per transaction and request to be paid by count for each of the beverage containers.  After the initial 50 containers, it is up to the recycling center whether they continue to count or they may choose to pay by weight for the remainder of the material.

A customer can make more than one visit per day to a recycling center with a load of 50 empty CRV containers and request to be paid by count for each of the beverage containers.  

Certified CRV Recycling Center operators are responsible for informing their employees of this regulation. Non-compliance with this regulation may result in fines, penalties or possible decertification. The Department of  Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Division of Recycling will respond to consumer complaints regarding non-compliance with this regulation.

CalRecycle General Program Information

Find a CRV beverage container recycling center near you (PDF)