Neighborhood recycling centers are an important part of California’s recycling infrastructure. They are often the most accessible place for consumers to redeem their CRV beverage container refunds.
Because recycling is not always profitable, the state of California provides payments to recyclers through its Beverage Container Recycling Fund. The fund is there to help ensure recyclers remain solvent and the state’s recycling infrastructure remains intact.
Unfortunately, the formula currently used to calculate payments to recyclers is outdated and payments to recyclers in recent years have not covered their costs. As a result, nearly 40% of the state’s recycling infrastructure has closed since 2013.
957 Recycling Centers
Have Closed Since 2013
957 Recycling Centers Have Closed Since 2013
in Consumer Deposits Reedeemed Annually
Containers Recycled Annually
CRV Recycling Centers & Their Employees
San Francisco County59%
San Diego County28%
San Bernardino County20%
San Joaquin County47%
Los Angeles County18%
Santa Clara County45%
Source: Container Recycling Institute