Plastic Bottles Put in Recycling Cart/Bin Empty out plastic bottles before recycling. This will prevent any liquids from contaminating the recycling process. No need to rinse further with water. It’s OK to recycle caps and lids that are still attached to their original plastic containers. Caps that are separate fall through the recycling equipment and end up in landfill. Most Plastic Bottles Are Eligible for CRV Most plastic bottles are eligible for the California Redemption Value (CRV) refund. Find out how to redeem beverage containers for CRV. What's Not Eligible for CRV The following plastic bottles are not eligible for CRV: milk, medical food, 100 percent fruit juice more than 46 ounces, vegetable juice more than 16 ounces and food & non-beverage containers. Did You Know? Bottled Water: Is It the Same as Tap? Most bottled water is simply filtered tap water, and it can cost more than twice as much as what’s available from the tap. Coke Developed a Recycling Game That Takes Empty Bottles Coke wanted to see if they could get people to recycle who normally don’t if the process was more fun. They dropped off six “Happiness Arcade” games in six locations around Dhaka, Bangladesh to test their theory. From this effort, they collected thousands of bottles. Read more.