Recycling Buyback Facility

Tri-CED Community Recycling

33377 Western Ave
Union City, CA 94587
Phone: 510.471.3850


Open: Tuesday to Saturday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed: Sunday and Monday

Tri-CED Community Recycling is a certified California Redemption Center and pays for aluminum cans, plastic beverage bottles, glass bottles, and containers that are labeled with the CRV (California Redemption Value) symbol. All glass, metal, and plastic containers brought to Tri-CED for recycling must be dry and empty per California stormwater regulations. 

What is California Refund Value? 

California Refund Value is the amount paid by consumers at the checkout stand when they purchase bottled and canned beverages, and is paid back to consumers when they recycle eligible containers. The minimum refund value established for is 5 cents for each beverage container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater. This is because of the California Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Act passed in 1987 to help increase beverage container recycling rates.

Thanks to this cash incentive, 230 billion aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers have been recycled since the program first started. Last year, Californians bought 21 billion beverages in aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal containers. Over 17.2 billion of those containers were recycled saving natural resources, conserving energy, and extending the life our landfills; however, nearly 6 billion beverage containers were tossed in the trash and disposed in California landfills.

What are the rules regarding being paid on a per-container basis?

California law allows you the option of being paid based on count instead of weight for up to 50 empty beverage containers of each material type. This means you can bring up to 50 aluminum, 50 glass, 50 plastic, and 50 bi-metal CRV containers and request to be paid by count. Just be sure that you inform the site attendant of your load content and how you would like to receive payment before you hand over your load. Any consumer who has been denied this right by a recycling center can file a complaint via email or by calling 1.800.RECYCLE.

If you bring more than 50 containers of any one material type, the decision to pay by count or weight is under the authority of the recycling center operator.

Visit the CalRecycle Beverage and Container Recycling webpage learn more about CRV.