California Pays You to Recycle!
That's right, California is one of many states to have a so called "Bottle Bill" to encourage recycling of beverage containers.
This page contains information about which containers are accepted as CRV and where you can redeem them.
If you recycle aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers at certain locations, you can get a little money back for your efforts. Containers under 24 ounces are worth 5 cents each, and containers 24 ounces or more are worth 10 cents. Pretty simple right?
Who started the CRV?
The California Refund Value (CRV for short) was started in 1987 under the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. The program is currently administered by CalRecycle. More information is available on their website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/bevcontainer/.
Pointers about CRV redemption
Some locations will only count your containers if they are in groups of 50 or less. Otherwise, they'll weigh the containers and pay you based on the average. Also keep in mind that some sites won't accept crushed containers.
Where to go
Carpinteria Area (1)
- rePlanet/Albertsons #6355 — 1018 Casitas Pass Road
Santa Barbara Area (2)
Goleta & UCSB Area (5)
Santa Ynez Valley (3)
Lompoc Valley & VAFB (5)
Santa Maria Valley (10)
- Bedford Enterprises, Inc. — 1940 West Betteravia Road
- Larrabee Brothers Recycling Center — 815 South Blosser Road
- Nexcycle/CVS Pharmacy — 4852 South Bradley Road
- Nexcycle/Spencers Fresh Markets — 3580 Orcutt Road
- Nexcycle/Vons #301 — 817 East Main Street
- S Earth Recycling, LLC — 770 Guadalupe Street
- Santa Maria Area Recycling Terminal (SMART) — 1940 West Betteravia Road
- Waste Management — 1850 West Betteravia Road
- rePlanet La Chiquita — 1635 North Broadway
- rePlanet/Albertsons #6348 — 2320 South Broadway
- California Refund Value (CRV) Beverage Container Recycling
- Glass Container Recycling
- Metal Cans Recycling
- Plastics #1 and #2 Recycling
- Product Stewardship
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