Even though 75% of American waste is recyclable, we only recycle about 30% of it. So, if you’ve just decided to start a recycling regimen, you’re on the right track.

The pressing environmental situation is driving the development of waste management and a local recycling program. CA CRV recycling is one of them, and it is quickly becoming the most preferred way to address our city’s recycling needs.

Since this is a relatively recent system in Irvine, CA, we believe that as a necessary recycling facility, it is important to make a comprehensive guide for locals to know where to start with CA CRV recycling.

This blog summarizes the essential assets and in-depth instructions that any new CA CRV recycler may need.

Understand What CA CRV is

First things first, knowing what this term means will give you the first clue of what direction to take.

California Redemption Value (CRV) is the major recycling structure in California these days. The CRV refers to the amount paid to consumers for beverage container recycling at authorized recycling centers.

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The system works like this: customers in California can get money by recycling plastic, aluminum, glass, and bi-metal beverage containers at approved recycling sites.

Consumers purchase beverages from a retailer and receive CRV refunds after they redeem their recycled materials.

According to CalRecycle, the minimum refund amount determined for each type of eligible beverage container is 5 cents for each container less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container larger than 24 ounces.

This system requires knowing how to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum and other materials. The following are the eligible and non-eligible items.


  • Beer and Malt Beverages
  • Wine Coolers
  • Carbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Noncarbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Coffee and Tea Beverages
  • 100% Fruit Juice less than 46 oz.
  • Vegetable Juice 16 oz. or less


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Not Eligible

  • Milk
  • Medical Food
  • Infant Formula
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • 100% Fruit Juice 46 oz. or more
  • 100% Vegetable Juice of more than 16 oz.
  • Food and Non-Beverage Containers

Now that you know how the CA CRV works, it’s time to get into action.

Start CA CRV Recycling 

As we like to think at Recycle from Home, recycling is a life-changing event that takes time and patience. Remember that this is a gradual process with a learning curve, so don’t feel bad about asking for assistance.

You can find hundreds of general guides of things you didn’t know about recycling on the internet, but for CA CRV, things work slightly differently. Follow the next steps to start your new sustainable and recycling life.

1. Be Sure to Accomplish the Local Requirements.

The first rule of recycling is to check the regulations in your area, as each municipality has its guidelines. You can check more detail about the local recycling regulations of CA here.

2. Collect, Clean and Separate Each Recyclable Item.

Your efforts to recycle may be for naught if you avoid this step. For example, the last few drops of juice in any other liquid container can leak and ruin paper materials, making them not eligible for recycling.

3. Get in Touch With a Recycling Center Near You.

As you know, a recycling center is a key participant in the recycling process. If you are part of the Irvine community, work with authorized centers.

Recycle from home is the only authorized mobile CA CRV recycle center in the state, so if you need assistance for your first time collaborating with us, feel free to get in touch.

You can have more details about our recycling process by visiting our website and reading our step-by-step guide.

4. Recycle From Home

Recycling is no longer about complicated disposal methods. It is not necessary to travel directly to the recycling center. You can now have your recycle bags picked from your doorstep or driveway just by requesting them.

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5. Earn Money From a Good Habit

Since the main objective of the CA CRV is encouraging people to recycle, you have the right to earn a monetary reward for taking this initiative.

Ready to Recycle?

We know that before starting a recycling lifestyle, you went through quite a meditation process—and we can’t avoid expressing how happy we are of having one more person in this community committed to collaborating with us to improve our environment. 

Every time a new person takes the initiative to start recycling is like music to our ears. If you are ready to start, you can always count on us!