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How much can you get for recycling cans in California?

How much can you get for recycling cans in California?

Californians are known for their environmental consciousness, and recycling is a big part of that. But did you know you can actually earn some cash while doing your part for the planet? That's right, thanks to the California Redemption Value (CRV) program, you can get money back for recycling eligible beverage containers, including cans!

Cash for Cans: The CRV

    • What cans qualify? Aluminum cans of all sizes, as long as they have the "CA CRV" or "CRV CA" label.
    • How much do you get? 5 cents for cans under 24 ounces and 10 cents for larger ones.
    • Where to redeem? Certified recycling centers, redemption centers at grocery stores, and reverse vending machines.

Expanding Your Recycling Rewards

While cans are a classic, California's CRV program covers more than just aluminum. Here's the full scoop:

    • Eligible containers: Plastic bottles (PETE #1 & HDPE #2), glass bottles, and bi-metal cans also qualify.
    • Redemption rates: Vary by material and size. Check your local program for details.
    • Bonus tip: Look for redemption centers with "buy-back" programs for non-CRV materials like paper, cardboard, and even scrap metal.

Maximizing Your Recycling Return:

    • Know your program: Different cities and counties have varying rules and redemption centers. Do your research!
    • Sort it right: Keep CRV containers separate from other recyclables for efficient processing.
    • Clean and crush: Rinse and crush cans and bottles to save space and ensure proper sorting.
    • Bulk up your bounty: Redeem larger quantities for a more rewarding trip to the center.
    • Spread the word: Encourage friends and family to join the recycling revolution!

Beyond the Cash: The Bigger Picture

While earning some cash is a nice perk, recycling goes way beyond personal gain. It's about:

    • Reducing landfill waste: Less waste means less pollution and a healthier planet.
    • Conserving resources: Recycling aluminum saves energy and precious natural resources.
    • Supporting the circular economy: By giving materials a second life, we create a more sustainable future.

So, the next time you crack open a beverage in California, remember: it's not just about quenching your thirst, it's about making a positive impact. Grab that can, rinse it, crush it, and redeem it! You'll be doing your wallet and the environment a favor.


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