Tri-CED’s Buy-Back Recycling Center serves over 53,000 customers per year, injects over $1.6 million per year into the local economy and takes 1,400 tons per year of recycling material out of the waste stream.
Tri-CED is a certified California Redemption Center. We pay for aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and containers that are labeled with the CRV symbol.
You can get more than your favorite beverage from these containers. You can also get cash. Thanks to the California Refund Value (CRV), you can return your glass, plastic and aluminum containers for money.
How much can you get for a bottle or can? 5¢ for containers less than 24 ounces 10¢ for containers 24 ounces and larger. Prices are determined by the California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling and change on a yearly or bi-yearly basis. Please check our current price list.
As a matter of convenience and efficiency, most recycling centers pay by the pound if you bring in a large load, so be sure to have only CRV containers to get the highest possible refund. You also can request to be paid on a per-container basis if you bring in loads of fewer than 50 per material type you just have to ask the recycler to pay by count instead of by weight.
Almost every bottle and can has the chance for a new life. In California, most of them are also good for cash when you redeem them. If you have any container from the following list, you’re set.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recover has changed the daily load limits allowed to be redeemed at certified recycling centers.
Effective January 1, 2014, certified recycling centers in California cannot accept or pay for more than 100 pounds of aluminum or plastic beverage containers or 1,000 pounds of glass beverage contatiners per day from any person or organization that is not certified by CalRecycle, Division of Recycling. It is also a violation of the law to split loads in excess to the daily load limits.
For more information, please see the notice by CalRecycle.
By law, you can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic, and 50 bi-metal California Redemption Value (CRV) containers in a single visit and request to be paid by count. You will be paid the full CRV redemption of 5 cents or 10 cents on each container. Inform the site attendant of your load content and how you would like to receive payment before you hand over your load.
If recycling more than 50 containers of any one material type, the decision to pay by count or weight is determined by the recycling center operator. Make sure your containers are whole and free of contaminants such as dirt, excessive liquid or other foreign substances. If you are being paid by weight, make sure the load contains only eligible CRV beverage containers.