Antony McAulay / Shutterstock.com Aluminum Cans Put in Recycling Cart/Bin Antony McAulay / Shutterstock.com Empty any residue before recycling. Most Aluminum Cans Are Eligible for CRV You can check if an aluminum can is eligible for CRV (California Redemption Value) by looking at the top of the can. There will be a label that says “CA Redemption Value,” “California Cash Refund,” “CA CRV” or “CA Cash Refund.” If it’s eligible, find out how to redeem beverage containers for CRV. Do Not Crush You do not need to flatten or crush beverage containers. If you’re using an automated reverse vending machine (RVM), keep the containers as they are, so the machine can recognize the container type. If you are weighing them, they can be brought in whole or flattened. Did You Know? The Aluminium Beverage Can Industry How Quickly Are Soda Cans Recycled? It only takes about 60 days for soda cans to make it back onto store shelves after they are recycled. CRV Is a Success In 2013, Californians recycled 18.2 billion of the 21 billion CRV beverage containers they purchased that year. Recycling beverage containers conserves energy and natural resources. How Much Energy Does Recycling Soda Cans Save? A single new soda can (made with virgin aluminum) uses the same amount of energy as twenty soda cans that are made from recycled material. Also, recycling one soda can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.