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WHAT IS CALIFORNIA REFUND VALUE?
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. 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.

How much can you get for a bottle or can?
  • 5¢ for containers less than 24 ounces
  • 10¢ for containers 24 ounces and larger

PAYMENT OF CALIFORNIA REFUND VALUE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 2500(e), requires recycling centers to post the following refund prices by weight or by container and by material type.

Material Type (A)
Segregated Containers Per Pound
(B)*
Fully Segregated Per Pound
(C)*
Commingled Per Pound
Aluminum 28.2 $ 1.55 $ 1.51
Glass 1.90 $0.105 $0.076
#1 PET Plastic 14.3 $0.91 $0.72
#2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) 5.9 $0.50 $0.20
#3 PVC (Vinyl) 9.2 $0.46 Segregated Only
#4 LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) 37.8 $1.89 Segregated Only
#5 PP (Polypropylene) 3.2 $0.31 Segregated Only
#6 PS (Polystyrene) 82.1 $4.11 Segregated Only
#7 Other (includes pouches and unspecified resins) 5.0 $0.38 Segregated Only
Bimetal 4.7 $0.25 Segregated Only

Note: Above specified prices show the minimum price per pound some locations may have higher prices.


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