CalRecycle CRV Requirements


My husband and I own a cafe business where we prepare cold pressed juices. We built the cafe from scratch and it’s been 3 years since we opened the cafe. We prepare and sell cold pressed juices only on the premises of our cafe.

I am sharing my experience for those that are planning to open a juicery or for those who just recently opened a juicery. I am also reaching out for advice for business owners that have dealt with CalRecycle CRV requirements.

Last year I became aware of the CRV fee requirements enforced by CalRecycling which is part of Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. I was not aware of any of these requirements until last year when I received a letter from this government agency.

CalRecycle made me aware last year that my juicery business was in violation of CRV labeling, reporting and payment of fees.

CalRecycle informed me that my juicery business is responsible for paying both the distributor and manufacturing fees as of the date the business opened on October 2015!

We have not collected or set aside any these fees since we were not aware of theses recycling requirements.

CalRecycle is required to issue a password so businesses can submit the count of bottles and make the CRV fees. They also require to approve the CRV labels to place on the bottles.

I am not refusing or disputing my business’ responsibilities of a beverage manufacturer and distributor to begin submitting payments and reports.

I am curious to know if any juicery business owners has experienced the same and how have you dealt with the situation.

Has CalRecycle waived any owed back payments?

Today I plan to call CalRecycle upper management staff to request and hopefully can get some fees waived.

Maria Moya
The Daily Harvest