Plastic Bottles

Put In Recyclables (Blue) Cart Take to Buyback Center / CRV Recycling

General Buyback Center Information

The Buyback Center helps keep our communities clean by accepting recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic in exchange for cash. If you are looking to redeem your cans and bottles for CRV (California Redemption Value), please visit our Buyback and Recycling Center, located at 2880 Industry St., Oceanside 92054 (located one block south of Oceanside Blvd.). Customer Service Line: (760) 439-2824

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Saturday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm and on observed holidays

Items that are recyclable but have no redemption value may be dropped off as donation. The Buyback Center does not accept scrap metal and scrap plastics.

Refund Items:

  • CRV aluminum & metal cans
  • CRV glass
  • CRV plastic #1-#7

Other Non CRV Items Accepted:

  • Mixed paper (magazines, mail, phone books, white and colored paper)
  • Cardboard (corrugated boxes, cereal boxes,
    tissue boxes)
  • Non CRV aluminum, glass and plastic containers
  • Used household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Alkaline, Rechargeable, Lithium, coin cell, and small button size)
  • Used motor oil and used oil filters
  • Sharps
  • Donatable textiles and other small donations
  • Newspaper

Rinse Out Before Recycling

Empty and rinse out plastic bottles before recycling. This will prevent any liquids from contaminating the recycling process.


Leave Caps Attached to the Bottle

It’s OK to recycle plastic caps and lids as long as they are still attached to their original plastic containers.


Most Plastic Bottles Are Eligible for CRV

Most plastic bottles are eligible for the California Redemption Value (CRV) refund. Find out how to redeem beverage containers for CRV.


What's Not Eligible for CRV

The following types of plastic bottles are not eligible for CRV: Milk, medical food, 100 percent fruit juice greater than 46 oz, vegetable juice more than 16 oz, and food and non-beverage containers.


Avoid Heating Plastic

Keep plastics containing food or drink out of hot places such as your car or the microwave. The warmer plastic gets, the more it tends to break down, melt and release chemicals.

Not Safe to Reuse

Plastic #1 (PET) has a porous structure that absorbs bacteria over time and becomes more porous with each use. Because germs can reside inside the plastic, you can’t always wash them away.

Not Infinitely Recyclable

Plastic isn’t infinitely recyclable in the same way that glass and metal are. Its quality declines each time it’s recycled, so new plastic needs to be added in order to keep recycling it.

Ways to Reduce

Reusable Water Bottle

Opt for Reusable Containers

Most plastic is made directly from oil and natural gas, not recycled plastic. When plastic does get recycled, it is often into products that are no longer recyclable. Metal and glass, which are durable and can be recycled infinitely, are always a better container choice.

tap water faucet

Drink Filtered Tap Water

Disposable water bottles are made of plastic #1 and can be avoided by drinking filtered tap water instead. Most bottled water comes from the tap in the first place, and taste tests in cities such as New York have favored tap over bottled water.

Did You Know?

Bottled Water: Is It the Same as Tap?

Most bottled water is simply filtered tap water, and it can cost more than twice as much as what’s available from the tap.

Coke Developed a Recycling Game That Takes Empty Bottles

Coke wanted to see if they could get people to recycle who normally don’t if the process was more fun. They dropped off six “Happiness Arcade” games in six locations around Dhaka, Bangladesh to test their theory. They ended up collecting thousands of bottles.