Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of material can be recycled?

Most types of material can be recycled. Unfortunately, we don’t have the space or resources to facilitate them all. At our location, we generally do not take anything considered hazardous, Styrofoam, monitors (and most e-waste), etc. Please refer to our Recycling section for specifics.

Do I have to have an I.D.?

We do require I.D. in case your buyback check amounts over $100.00.

Do you pay in cash or check?

At VALCORE, we pay in check only for everything above $1.00. No cash is otherwise available on the premises.

Do I need to remove the caps?

Yes, caps need to be removed from all containers, especially plastic. After caps are removed, they can be put in with your bottles.

What is CRV?

CRV stands for California Redemption Value. When cans and bottles are purchased in a store the consumer pays a deposit; when they are returned for recycling that money is refunded. This is why we call them buybacks. You’re getting your money back for the CRV deposit for in the store.

Do I need to separate my material?

Yes. Material should be separated as follows:

CRV Aluminum
CRV Plastic #1-7 (each type sorted separately)
CRV clear, green and brown glass (each color sorted separately)
Bi-metals
non-CRV/scrap 

If possible, sort materials before coming to our location for faster service. Otherwise, arrive at our location earlier than our closing times so you have enough time to sort. We close from 1-2PM (for lunch) and 4:30pm (closing time).

How do I know if a container qualifies for CRV?

All CRV containers are labeled CRV, CA Cash Refund, or CA Redemption.
If you are unsure if a container is CRV material, just ask.

Can my cans be crushed?

Yes, your cans may be crushed. They do not have to be crushed, but we do accept them either way.

Can I recycle non-CRV containers?

Yes. We accept plastic #1 & #2 that is non-CRV. As they are non-CRV, we cannot pay you for them, but we will gladly recycle them for you.
All other non-CRV plastics you can recycle in the bin provided through the garbage company.


If your question isn’t here, don’t hesitate to call us at (707) 645-8258 or e-mail us at info@VALCORErecycling.org.