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Update Regarding Bottle & Can (CRV) Recycling

CansAPRIL 30, 2020:  As most of you are probably aware, you may need to hang on to your bottles and cans for a while before you can claim your deposit back. Many recycling centers are closed or operating on reduced hours. Alternatively, you can forfeit your deposit and place your bottles and cans in your home (or business) recycling bin for regular collection. The new rules, described below, are in effect until June 21 as a result of COVID-19.

For Beverage Retailers:
Beverage dealers such as grocery and convenience stores that are currently required to redeem empty CRV beverage containers are relieved of this obligation until June 21, 2020.  They may continue to redeem empty beverage containers at their discretion and in accordance with federal, state, and local physical distancing guidelines and safety requirements.

For questions regarding beverage dealer requirements related to unserved convenience zones, please contact Lisa Fernandez at (916) 327-7600 or lisa.fernandez@calrecycle.ca.gov.

For Recycling Centers:
CRV Recycling centers may either 1) continue to operate as per usual, 2) operate with reduced hours, or 3) be temporarily closed until June 21, 2020, without penalty or loss of certification for being closed.  As such, recycling centers may redeem empty beverage containers at their discretion and in accordance with federal, state, and local physical distancing guidelines and safety requirements.

For questions regarding operating hours of recycling centers, please contact Carrie Holler @ (916) 324-8598 or carrie.holler@calrecycle.ca.gov.

Click here to view our Beverage Container Recycling page and to locate a redemption center.

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