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The California Refund Value

Frequently Asked Questions on CRV

D.C. Metals & Recycling in North Highlands, CA provides answers to frequently asked questions about the CRV. Read on to find out how you can earn money while you help save the earth.

Question: What is CRV?

Answer:  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.

Question: What beverage products are CRV?


  • Beer and other malt beverages
  • Wine coolers and distilled spirit coolers
  • Carbonated and Non-carbonated water
  • Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks
  • Coffee and tea drinks

Question: What beverage products are not CRV?


  • Wine
  • Distilled spirits
  • Milk
  • Infant formula
  • Medical food
  • 100% fruit juice in 46 oz. or larger containers

Question: What do I need to recycle CRV containers?

Answer: In compliance with CA State Law AB 1778, CRV materials over $100 require a valid CA drivers license, valid CA I.D. card issued by DMV or valid government issued I.D. card containing a photograph and address.

Question: Is there a limit to how much CRV I can bring in?

Answer:Yes, in compliance with California State Law, the daily load limit per vehicle or person are as follows:

  • Aluminum Cans – 100 lbs
  • Plastic bottles – 100 lbs
  • Glass bottles – 1000 lbs

For more information about our CRV recycling services, visit our facility or call us at 916-344-0862. We serve clients in the Greater Sacramento area, as well as surrounding communities.

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6849 28th St. North Highlands(1/2 block north of Elkhorn Boulevard) , CA 95660
North Highlands(1/2 block north of Elkhorn Boulevard)
Tel: 916-344-0862

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