Protect California CRV

Get the Facts

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Unfortunately, the formula currently used to calculate payments to recyclers is outdated and payments to recyclers in recent years have not covered their costs.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

Recycling Centers Are 
 At Risk

957 Recycling Centers Have Closed Since 2013

Without increased state funding to recycling centers, more are at risk of closing.

Here's What's At Stake


$1 Billion

in Consumer Deposits Reedeemed Annually


16.2 Billion

Containers Recycled Annually

CRV Recycling Centers


CRV Recycling Centers & Their Employees

Regional Impacts

Percentage of recycling centers closed since 2012

Sacramento County58%

San Francisco County59%

San Diego County28%

Kern County30%

Orange County21%

San Bernardino County20%

San Joaquin County47%

Riverside County19%

Los Angeles County18%

Santa Clara County45%

Fresno County24%

Source: Container Recycling Institute

Our Mission:
We are an advocacy group that supports the health and sustainability of the CRV recycling center operators through influencing reform and legislation.

Our Vision:
Every consumer has access to a clean, well run recycling center where they can get their deposit back.

Protect CRV Refunds

Neighborhood Recycling