Besides curbside recycling, consumers in the State of California can redeem empty bottles and cans for cash, helping keep these materials out of the landfill. By law, you can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic and 50 bi-metal California Redemption Value (CRV) containers in a single visit and request to be paid by count. You will be paid the full CRV redemption of 5 cents or 10 cents, as listed on each container.
For a list and a map of all the CRV recycling centers in and around San José, visit CalRecycle’s Beverage Container Recycling Centers page. Before you visit a recycling center, we recommend that you call ahead to ensure they are open or still operating.
These refunds are made possible through the the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. The list below includes items that are eligible for a CRV refund.
Examples: 7Up, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Sprite
Examples: Budweiser, Coors, Corona, Heineken, Mike’s Pomegranate Martini, Smirnoff Ice, Bartles and Jaymes Strawberry Daiquiri
Examples: Evian Natural Spring Water, Dasani Purified Water and Fiji Natural Artesian Water
Examples: Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, SoBe Life Water and Mizone
Examples: Snapple Juice Drink and Minute Maid Orange Juice
Examples: Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, Ocean Spray Sparkling Juice Drink and Welch’s Sparkling Juice Cocktail
Examples: SoBe Lifewater, Country Time Lemonade, Glaceau Vitaminwater, Visvita Aloe Vera Drink and Don Jose Horchata
Examples: V8 100% Vegetable Juice, Odwalla Carrot Juice and Campbell’s Tomato Juice
Examples: S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Crystal Geyser Sparkling Mineral Water, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
Examples: Arbor Mist White Zinfandel Exotic Fruits, Woodchuck Hard Cider and Wyder’s Pear Cider
Examples: Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drink, Illy Issimo Bottles and Blue Bottle Coffee
Examples: Lipton Iced Tea and Arizona Green Tea