Important Recycling News for Californians

California Refund Value (CRV) increased in 2007!

On January 1, 2007, California’s beverage container deposit and refund rates grew by about 25%.

How much is the new deposit?

  • The California Refund Value (CRV) is now 5 cents on aluminum, glass, plastic and bimetal containers less than 24 ounce (30 cents for a six-pack of soda).
  • The California Refund Value (CRV) is now 10 cents on containers 24 ounces or larger.

Where can I redeem containers?

  • There are more than 2,000 convenient recycling centers in California. For a center near you call 1-800-RECYCLE.
  • Modesto Junk Company, Inc. • Recycling Center is the centrally-located, fast service and highest paying recycling center and full service scrap yard in the greater Modesto/Stanislaus County area.

Why should I recycle containers?

  • To collect the deposit and any applicable additional scrap value.
  • To divert valuable resources from landfills.
  • To reduce litter.

Where can I get more information?

  • Call the California Department of Conservation at 1-800-RECYCLE, or visit the web site at
  • Call Modesto Junk Company, Inc. • Recycle Center at (209) 522-1435.

Do metal theft laws apply to CRV recyclables?

In most cases California’s metal theft laws do not apply to CRV beverage container recycling. Learn more about metal theft laws.