You pay an extra 5 or 10 cents on top of the price of the soda that goes to the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund. It's basically a pot of money from all the beverage distributors in the whole state. Centers like Our Planet Recycling make money by selling materials in bulk for their scrap value.
There is a five cent deposit on carbonated soft drink, beer, malt beverage, and sparkling water containers sold in Massachusetts. Find out where to return them for a refund.
Payouts by State for Aluminum CansCalifornia5 cents (less than 24 ounces); 10 cents (24 ounces or more)Iowa5 centsMaine15 cents (wine/liquor); 5 cents (all others)Massachusetts5 centsMichigan10 cents•Aug 19, 2021