California beverage container recycling stays strong

California recycling rates remain strong.

California recycling rates remain strong.

Beverage container recycling matched an all-time high in California in 2010.

According to Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery or CalRecycle, Californians recycled 82 percent of their containers.

Perhaps one motivator is the California Redemption Value, which consumers pay on the front end, and then can turn their bottles and cans back into cash at recycling centers. CRV is a five cents for containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for containers 24 ounces or larger.

CalRecycle said recycling rates were strong for the three material types included in CRV recycling. Aluminum rose to 94 percent from 91 percent the previous year, but plastic recycling declined to 68 percent from 73 percent. Glass recycling rose to 85 percent from 80 percent. Other types of plastic, including bimetal cans, combined make up less than three percent of CRV beverage containers.

Read more in the Sacramento Business Journal.

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