Recycle for Cash: How to Get Your Deposit Back

California is one of only 10 states with a beverage container deposit refund system. We encourage you to use it!

What is the California Refund Value (CRV)?

Every time you purchase an eligible beverage container from a retailer in California, you pay a nickel or dime deposit on that container. The California Redemption Value, or CRV, is the deposit return system that allows you to return those empty bottles and cans to a recycling location to get back the deposit you paid.

What type of beverage containers can you return for a refund?

CRV containers

Glass, aluminum, bimetal and plastic containers including: 

  • 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

How many containers can I redeem at one time?

You may bring up to 100 pounds of aluminum and plastic or 1,000 pounds of glass on a single visit to a Recycling Center. If you have less than 50 containers of one type, your refund will be a nickel or dime (depending on size) for each container. If you bring more than 50 containers of a particular type, your containers are weighed and converted for refund value.

Find a Recycling Center

To find a certified Recycling Center near you, use the searchable Beverage Container Recycling Centers database from CalRecycle below.

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Find a Retailer

If you can’t find a nearby Recycling Center, try searching for retailers that redeem in-store. Thousands of grocery stores and other retailers statewide have pledged to accept empty beverage containers and provide deposit refunds. If your store is not included ask about their plans to redeem containers. Some stores have elected to pay a $100 daily fee to become exempt.

What if there isn’t a recycling redemption center near me?

  • Got curbside recycling service? Put containers in your curbside recycling bin for pickup.  
  • Save your CRV containers and drop them off next time you’re traveling by a Recycling Center.
  • Get your community involved. Try reaching out to your neighbors to combine efforts. Gather containers, take turns delivering to a recycling center and share refunds.
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