The benefits of recycling beverage containers are many. It saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves natural resources!
Get 5¢ when you recycle beverage containers 24 ounces or less and 10¢ for each container greater. To find a recycling center in your area, visit CalRecycle's Recycling Centers
page. For additional recyclers, visit our Smart Business Recycling
Los Angeles County Departments
To request a recycling bin, contact your Department’s recycling coordinator who will submit the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To find your Department recycling coordinator, click here.
- For details about the recycling bins, click here.
- Avoid placing cardboard bins near water sources, damaged vents, heat sources, fuel sources, and electrical outlets.
- Use a bin liner.
- Replace cardboard bins when damaged by liquid or pests.
- In California, about 23 billion California Refund Value (CRV) eligible containers were sold in 2015.
- Of those, more than 18.6 billion were recycled.
- And the 3 billion that ended up in landfills or littered? You could use them to fill every lane of a more than 700-mile length of Interstate 5...almost a foot deep.
- CRV refunds are available to anyone--consumers, companies, or nonprofits--who returns bottles and cans to a recycling center.
- 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.
- 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.