FAQ

What is California Refund Value?
The California Refund Value (CRV) is the amount paid to consumers when they recycle beverage containers at certified recycling centers. The minimum refund value established for each type of eligible beverage container is 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater.

Benefits of Recycling
A: With the involvement and enthusiasm of people like you, recycling is back and so are thousands upon thousands of recycled products made from materials that would otherwise be piling up in our nation’s landfills. It doesn’t just make sense. It makes a huge difference to our environment, our quality of life, and our country’s future.

Why It’s Important
We are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations. Getting Back To Basics

Recycling is really just common sense, and until the “modern era,” it was a common household activity. Before the 1920s, 70% of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25% of the waste stream. Because of concern for the environment, recycling is again on the upswing. The nation’s composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7% of the waste stream in 1960 to 17% in 1990. It’s currently up to around 30%. California is at about 48%.

Plastic Recycling
What type of plastic containers can be recycled at J&C Recycling Drop Off Center?
J&C Recycling Center accepts all plastic containers in three categories: #1 PETE, #2 HDPE clear plastic containers, and #2 HDPE colored and #3-7 plastic container combined. We still do not accept #6 expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam). Look for the number inside three chasing arrows on the bottom of the container and lids. The number inside the chasing arrows just identifies the type of plastic the container is made of, not necessarily its recyclability.

Please remember to separate caps and lids and place both in the recycling bin. If possible, rinse and flatten container before putting in the recycling bin.

Is the cap of a recyclable plastic bottle also recyclable?
Yes, the cap recyclable, but it is usually made of a different type of plastic than the bottle which is why it is important to separate the cap from the bottle and place both in the recycling bin. It is important to separate the plastic bottle from the lid because if left together the two types of plastics would contaminate each other. The different types of plastics must be separated before the recycling process begins because the seven different types of plastics are incompatible with each other.

Can glass be recycled?
Glass alone makes up 5% of garbage in the U.S. It’s a shame if any glass container uses up landfill space because glass lasts forever. The long-lasting nature of glass also means that glass can be recycled forever. It never wears out as a raw material, so old bottles and jars can be remanufactured into new glass containers over and over and over again.

J&C Recycling program, glass food and beverage containers can be placed in the bottle and can recycling bin along with aluminum and steel cans and plastic containers. Preparation is minimal. Please scrap glass containers free of food debris, but you need not run them through the dishwasher. Although the lid can be recycled with the glass, it should be removed from the jar. It is not necessary to remove the labels.

Glass has been recycled for almost 3,000 years. Be a part of this history by recycling your glass bottles and jars today!

Can all glass be recycled?
Different types of glass have different melting points. Some glass is made to withstand high temperatures, while others are made to hold cold drinks. We only accept beverage and food bottles and jars. No glass vases, glass drinking cups, window glass, Pyrex, or test tubes.

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