California Refund Value (CRV) Take-Back Centers

California's Beverage Container Recycling Program which developed and monitors "CRV" is a state-run program aimed at saving natural resources, conserving energy, extending the life of our landfills, and helping reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. CRV refers to the amount paid by consumers at the checkout stand and should be paid back to consumers when they recycle eligible aluminum, plastic, glass and bi-metal beverage containers at certified recycling centers. CRV take-back centers are privately owned businesses that receive partial funding from the CBCRP. The increased cost of business and decreasing value of recycled aluminum and plastics have led to RePlanet closing down all 284 of it's remaining take-back centers in 2019.

If you are interested in pre-certification training to qualify to apply for certification as a recycling center or processing facility, please visit: CalRecycle Training

To find a list of active take-back centers still operating in our County, please visit: CalRecycle Take-back or

To voice a complaint or concern or to pose a question to the State of California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, please email:

For questions regarding regional CRV solutions, please visit the website for the regional Integrated Waste Management Authority at

For other questions regarding recycling or solid waste please contact the City Utilities Department at