The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act under CalRecycle was enacted in 1986 to promote the importance of reducing waste. The act states that every beverage container sold or offered for sale in California is required to have a minimum refund value also known as CRV or California Refund (or Redemption) Value.
In other words, this act requires that consumers get paid for recycling their used water bottles or soda cans, which many will refer to as CRV!
Initially, CRV stands for California Refund (or Redemption) Value, but the term has evolved and is currently referred to the items that are being recycled, i.e. beverage containers. For the purpose of this article, the term will be used interchangeably.