Every bottle and can you recycle eases the strain on our natural resources and reduces greenhouse gases in our skies. Want to step up your efforts to help the environment? Want to know what's out there beyond your community's curbside program? No doubt, reaching for the recycling bin just feels right. So no matter how you're doing your part, thank you.

Of course with recycling, there's no such thing as too much of a good thing. And in that spirit, here you can learn all you need to know about how to recycle in your community and how to cash in while doing it.



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  • In California, about 21 billion California Refund Value (CRV) eligible containers were sold in 2013.
  • Of those, more than 18 billion were recycled!
  • And the 3 billion that ended up in landfills? You could use them to fill every lane of a more than 700-mile length of Interstate 5...almost a foot deep.
  • Since 3 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 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.