Beverage Containers

Put in Container Recycling

Empty bottles and cans belong under the blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart/bin labeled for recyclable “containers only.” Those with CRV can be taken to a buyback facility. Do not crush cans if taking to a buyback location that uses a reverse vending machine.


Check If Eligible for CRV

Check the label to see if a container is eligible for CRV (California Redemption Value): it will say CA Redemption Value, California Cash Refund, CA CRV, or CA Cash Refund. Aluminum cans are labeled on the top of the can, and plastic or glass containers are labeled on the side.

Rinse Out Before Recycling

Empty and rinse out beverage containers before redeeming them for cash. Moisture and dirt contaminate the recycling. The attendant may reject a pile if it is excessively contaminated.