What is CRV?


CRV stand for “California Redemption Value”
In California consumers pay CRV on most packaged beverages. The majority of these beverages are packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers. The exceptions are milk, most wine and distilled spirits, which are not included in the CRV program. The items which you pay CRV on are eligible for a CRV refund. CRV is 5 cents on containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or higher. Beverage containers that are eligible for CRV refund are labeled with one of the following :

  • California Redemption Value
  • CA Redemption Value
  • California Cash Refund
  • CA Cash Refund
  • CA CRV


How do you receive your CRV refund?

You can receive your beverage container refund by weight or on a per-container basis. (If recycling more than 50 containers of any one material type, the decision to pay by count or weight is determined by the recycling center operator.)

Per- container basis:

When recycling on a per-container basis you will be paid the full CRV redemption 5 cents for containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or higher. You may request to be paid on a per container basis up to the following:

  •  50 aluminum cans
  •  50 glass bottles
  •  50 plastic bottles
  •  50 bi-metal cans


By weight:

When recycling by weight please make sure that your load is segregated and only contains eligible CRV beverage containers.
Please remove all contamination, for example : dirt, moisture, and any other contaminants.

The state of California does not allow any daily loads that exceed the weights mentioned below.

  • Maximum 100 pounds of CRV aluminum
  • Maximum 100 pounds of each CRV Plastic resin #1 thru #7
  • Maximum 1,000 pounds of CRV glass

If your load exceeds the above weights we must either reject the load or pay only scrap value for the entire load.

How do I know if my items are eligible for CRV refund?






To learn more about which beverages are covered by CRV, read either Beverages Subject to California Refund Value (CRV) (CALRECYCLE-CRV) or CRV Only–It’s the Law (CALRECYCLE-CRVONLY).


If you have any further questions or need further assistance please do not hesitate in contacting us, we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Global Metal Recycling, Inc.

1011 E. Pine Street

Santa Ana, Ca 92701

Monday thru Saturday

8am to 4 pm