CRV Redemption

Zarc Recycling is a California Certified CRV Redemption Center. We accept aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles that are CA CRV redeemable. Everyone can make a difference, in terms of saving our environment, by doing their part to recycle. Below are some facts regarding CRV recycling that show how much of a difference we can make.

Where to Go and What to Do

• Bring your CRV redeemable materials to Zarc’s South San Francisco, CA location.
• Once at the yard, wait in the front until directed to an open parking space.
• Separate alum cans, plastic bottles (have to sort by plastic type ), and glass (have to sort by color – white, black, and green) in separate containers. There are plastic bins available in the yard for this.
• Please make sure all containers are free of liquid and contamination. Bottle caps can be kept on plastic bottles.
• Once all materials are in separate containers, bring them to the CRV line and wait till scaler gets to you.

What Do We Accept and NOT Accept


Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers are eligible for CRV. Notable exceptions are milk, wine and distilled spirits, which are not included in the CRV program. CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater.

How to Sort Plastics

Each plastic container will have a recycle symbol with a number in the middle of it denoting what type of plastic it is. This is usually found in the bottom of the container. Sort your materials based on this number into separate containers as each one has a different redemption value.

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Fun Facts

• In California, about 24.5 billion California Refund Value (CRV) eligible containers were sold in 2018.
• Of those, more than 18.5 billion were recycled!
• Since 6 billion bottles and cans ended up in the landfill, nobody claimed the CRV on them. How much CRV? More than $100 million worth!
• CRV is 5¢ for bottles and cans less than 24 ounces, and 10¢ for larger ones.
• CRV refunds are available to anyone--consumers, companies, or nonprofits--who returns bottles and cans to a recycling center.
• By eliminating the need to manufacture new products from raw materials, recycling reduces energy use, in turn reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the air.
• For every 10 pounds of aluminum you recycle, you eliminate 37 pounds of carbon emissions from the air.
• For every 10 pounds of clear plastic water or soda bottles, 3.3 pounds of carbon emissions disappear.
• And although glass bottles are a lot heavier, each 10 pounds recycled still reduces carbon by nearly a pound.
• In a landfill, aluminum cans take 80-100 years to break down.
• Plastic bottles hang around as long as 700 years.
• Glass bottles spend 1 million years waiting around to decompose.

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