Take Advantage of the CRV For Aluminum Now

Recycling is very important in California, as the state is a leader in the green movement. Thanks to its efforts, more people than ever are recycling aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers. Two programs in the state, the California Refund Value and the California Redemption value, encourage this effort. They are both sometimes referred to as the CRV. While the refund value is a fee, imposed on a beverage distributer and subject to tax, the redemption value is the amount that recycling centers pay to consumers for empty bottles and cans. They are usually the same amount.


Save Your Cans

Did you know that it can take as little as sixty days for a recycled aluminum can to make it from the recycling center and back on the shelf at the grocery store? Better yet, using recycled aluminum instead of new aluminum ore saves 95 percent of the energy and produces only 5 percent of the air and water pollution. There is absolutely no limit to the amount of times a single aluminum can can be recycled. That makes it one of the most sustainable materials out there, if only we would use it more effectively.

It’s Easy

Just find out when your local recycling center does curbside pickup. With aluminum recycling levels at their highest levels in more than a decade, its easy to find places to take your cans. Nearly 56 billion cans were recycled last year in the United States, and while that is a great start, we can do better. The amount of energy that was saved by that number of cans being reused added up to 17 million barrels of crude oil. Think of what could be accomplished with even more recycling! It’s so easy to do, and with the endless recyclability of aluminum, it just makes sense to make sure your cans go in the recycling bin instead of the trash.