LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock.com Antony McAulay / Shutterstock.com Beverage Containers CRV Refund LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock.com Antony McAulay / Shutterstock.com Besides curbside recycling, consumers in the State of California can redeem empty bottles and cans for cash, helping keep these materials out of the landfill. Check If Eligible for CRV Check the label to see if a container is eligible for CRV (California Redemption Value): it will say CA Redemption Value, California Cash Refund, CA CRV or CA Cash Refund. Aluminum cans are labeled on the top of the can, and plastic or glass containers are labeled on the side. Rinse Out Before Recycling Empty and rinse out beverage containers before redeeming them for cash. Moisture and dirt contaminate the recycling. The attendant may reject a pile if it is excessively contaminated. What's Eligible for CRV The following beverage containers are eligible for CRV: beer and malt beverages, wine coolers and distilled spirit coolers, carbonated drinks (fruit, water or soft), non-carbonated drinks (fruit, water, soft), coffee and tea beverages, 100 percent fruit juice less than 46 ounces, vegetable juice 16 ounces or less and sports drinks. What's Not Eligible for CRV The following beverage containers are not eligible for CRV: milk, medical food, wine, spirits, 100 percent fruit juice more than 46 ounces, vegetable juice more than 16 ounces and food & non-beverage containers.