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Recycling Buy-Back Center

Buy-Back Info

South Tahoe Recycling Buy-Back Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4pm.

2192 Ruth Avenue South Lake Tahoe
(530) 542-8344.

At the South Tahoe Recycling Buy Back Center, you may redeem eligible materials for their buy-back value.

You may also donate your recyclables to numerous participating charitable organizations of your choice within our community.

Please separate CA redemption from other containers and by material type.

Waste Wizard

Type the name of a waste item and we will tell you where and how to recycle or dispose of it.

Receive cash for aluminum, glass and plastic

Receive cash for recyclable materials marked with:

  • CA Redemption Value (CRV)
  • CA Cash Value and 
  • CA Cash Refund
All other non-CRV/out-of-state beverage and food containers can be recycled at
STR’s Transfer Station Recycle Bin
2140 Ruth Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, California

Click below to find out California Recycle rates as of July 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring recycling from Nevada?
As a beverage buy-back center, we can only accept beverage containers eligible under the state of California’s Bottle Bill (CalRecycle), we cannot accept beverage containers that were purchased out of state. Out-of-state material is not eligible for California Refund Value. Consumers and others may only claim CRV for aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers that were sold in California. You can recycle beverage containers purchased out of state at our Transfer Station.

What is California Refund Value?
California Refund Value (CRV) is the amount paid by consumers at the checkout stand and paid back to consumers when they recycle eligible aluminum, plastic, glass and bi-metal beverage containers at certified recycling centers. The minimum refund value established for each type of eligible beverage container is 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater.

Do I need to separate my beverage containers by material type?
It would be in your best interest to have your CRV load pre-sorted before arriving at the recycling center. You may be turned away if your items are not properly sorted.

Can I use an out-of-state vehicle?
Yes, only if your beverage containers were purchased in California. Your load cannot exceed 25 pounds of aluminum and plastic and 100 pounds of glass and cannot exceed a total daily amount of $50.

Do you recycle scrap metal?
We do not pay for scrap metals, but you can recycle metals at our Transfer Station. There may be a charge for drop off.

What happens if I remove the labels from my containers?
One of the requirements for a container to be eligible for CRV payment is that the container is labeled with the CRV message. For plastic and glass containers, this message will be included on the label. If you remove the label, the container has no refund value and is not eligible for CRV payment.

Do I need to remove the caps from my bottles?
When recycling, we suggest you empty your bottles and put the caps back on the bottles.

Can I recycle more than once a day?
The daily limit is 100 pounds of aluminum and plastic and 1,000 pounds of glass. You may come back until your total reaches the daily limit. If your first load reached the limit, you must return a different day.

What is my daily limit?
For California residents in a California vehicle, the daily limit is 100 pounds of aluminum and plastic and 1,000 pounds of glass. If you are a California resident using an out of state vehicle, the daily limit is $50.

Can I be paid on a per-container basis for more than 50 containers?
If you’re recycling more than 50 containers of any one material type, you can recycle on a per-container basis until you reach 50 containers. It is up to the recycle center attendant to continue piece count or to weigh the full load. Be sure to inform the site attendant of your load content and how you would like to receive payment before you hand over your load.

Do I need to crush my cans?
No, we prefer that your cans are uncrushed allowing weighmasters to determine whether the load is eligible for CRV payment or not. We will not accept aluminum containers that have been crushed by a compactor.

Out of State Recycling Requirements for Imported Empty Beverage Container Materials
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