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CRV Recycling: Turning Bottles and Cans into a Sustainable Future

Recycling has long been championed as one of the most effective ways to combat environmental degradation and promote sustainability. Among the various recycling initiatives, the California Refund Value (CRV) program stands out as a robust system encouraging the recycling of beverage containers. But what exactly is CRV recycling, and why is it so important? In this blog, we'll delve into the CRV program, explore its benefits, highlight McCoy Recycling’s role, and offer tips on how you can participate in this eco-friendly initiative.

What is CRV?

The California Refund Value (CRV) is a deposit program established to encourage the recycling of beverage containers. When you purchase a beverage in California, you pay a small deposit for each eligible container. This deposit, typically 5 cents for containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for those 24 ounces or larger, can be refunded when you return the empty containers to a recycling center. The aim is simple: incentivize consumers to return their beverage containers for recycling rather than disposing of them as waste.

The Benefits of CRV Recycling

Environmental Impact

Recycling beverage containers significantly reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. According to CalRecycle, the state's recycling agency, the CRV program helps to recycle billions of containers each year, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and conserving natural resources. By recycling, we reduce the need for raw materials, which in turn decreases pollution and habitat destruction associated with mining and manufacturing processes.

Economic Advantages

CRV recycling not only benefits the environment but also provides economic incentives for consumers. By returning containers for their refund value, individuals can recoup some of the costs of their purchases. Moreover, the recycling industry creates jobs and stimulates economic activity. Facilities that process recyclable materials require workers, contributing to local economies.

Conservation of Resources

Aluminum, glass, and plastic are all materials that can be recycled multiple times without losing their quality. Recycling these materials conserves natural resources and reduces the demand for new raw materials. For instance, recycling aluminum saves up to 95% of the energy required to produce new aluminum from bauxite ore.

Reduction in Pollution

Recycling reduces pollution at every step of the lifecycle of a beverage container. It cuts down on the pollution associated with extracting raw materials, manufacturing, and waste disposal. By ensuring that containers are properly recycled, we minimize their impact on the environment, from reducing litter to lowering the pollution levels in our air and water.

McCoy Recycling: A Leader in CRV Recycling

McCoy Recycling is a pivotal player in the recycling industry, particularly in California’s CRV program. With a commitment to environmental stewardship and community service, McCoy Recycling has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable recycling practices.

About McCoy Recycling

McCoy Recycling is a family-owned business that has been serving California for over 50 years. Specializing in the recycling of a wide range of materials, including CRV-eligible containers, McCoy Recycling operates several state-of-the-art facilities that make recycling convenient and efficient for the community.

Services Offered

  • CRV Redemption: McCoy Recycling provides easy access to CRV redemption services, allowing consumers to return their eligible beverage containers for a refund.

  • Recycling Education: McCoy Recycling offers educational programs and resources to help individuals and businesses understand the importance of recycling and how to do it effectively.

  • Community Engagement: By participating in local events and organizing community recycling drives, McCoy Recycling fosters a culture of environmental responsibility.

Impact on the Community

Through its comprehensive recycling programs, McCoy Recycling has diverted millions of pounds of recyclable materials from landfills, conserving natural resources and reducing pollution. The company’s efforts have also contributed to local economies by creating jobs and supporting local businesses involved in the recycling supply chain.

How to Participate in CRV Recycling

Participating in CRV recycling is straightforward and can be easily integrated into your daily routine. Here are some steps to get you started:

1. Identify CRV Containers

Look for the CRV symbol on beverage containers. This includes most aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, and bi-metal cans containing beverages like soda, beer, water, and juice.

2. Collect Your Containers

Set up a designated recycling bin in your home or office to collect CRV-eligible containers. Rinse them out to avoid odors and pests.

3. Find a Recycling Center

Locate a nearby recycling center using CalRecycle's online search tool or visit one of McCoy Recycling’s facilities. McCoy Recycling centers are well-equipped and staffed to help you efficiently process your CRV returns.

4. Return Your Containers

Take your collected containers to a recycling center or use a recycling machine to get your deposit back. Some centers offer per-pound rates, while others provide refunds based on container count.

5. Spread the Word

Encourage friends, family, and colleagues to participate in CRV recycling. Share information about the program and its benefits, and consider organizing community recycling drives with the support of organizations like McCoy Recycling.


CRV recycling is a simple yet powerful way to contribute to environmental sustainability and earn a little extra cash. By understanding the benefits and taking part in the program, we can collectively make a significant impact on reducing waste, conserving resources, and protecting our planet for future generations. McCoy Recycling exemplifies the positive outcomes of dedicated recycling efforts, making it easier for individuals and businesses to participate in CRV recycling. So next time you enjoy a refreshing beverage, remember to recycle the container – because every can and bottle counts towards a greener, cleaner future.


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