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October 2, 2009

Mercury News

Here's the deal on CRV

Q While I generally appreciate your columns, you've once again given incorrect advice.

Wine CAN have California Redemption Value if it has flavors added. Arbor Mist and Boone's Farm come to mind and some sangrias.

They don't seem like wine coolers, but they are considered as such.

Tell the person who complained about this to look all over the labels on the bottle for "CA redemption value."

Here's another weird thing: large 100 percent juice bottles don't have CRV but small ones do.


You're right, Tommy, but I'm sticking with my advice: there is no deposit required for wine bottles.

But to clarify, and thank you for bringing it up, CRV is chargeable on wine coolers.

So, what is a wine cooler? Basically it's an alcoholic beverage consisting of wine and fruit juice, and maybe carbonated beverage and sugar. Some coolers contain malt instead of wine and are sometimes referred to as "flavored malt cooler."

These coolers are subject to the CRV deposit.

For the record, here is the official list from the California Department of Conservation of beverages subject to CRV:

  • Beer and malt beverages: for example — Budweiser, Coors, Corona, Heineken, Zima.
  • Wine coolers and distilled spirit coolers: for example — Franzia Wine Coolers, Bartles & Jaymes Wine Coolers, Smirnoff Ice Spirit Coolers.
  • Carbonated fruit drinks: for example: Martinelli's Sparkling Cider, Welch's Sparkling Grape.
  • Noncarbonated fruit drinks that contain any percentage of fruit juice: for example — Hi-C, Margarita Mix, V8 Splash.
  • Carbonated water, including soda and carbonated mineral water: for example: Crystal Geyser Sparkling Mineral Water, Arrowhead Sparkling Water.
  • Coffee and tea beverages: for example — Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee, Arizona Iced Tea, Lipton Iced Tea.
  • Noncarbonated water, including noncarbonated mineral water: for example — Alhambra Distilled Water, Calistoga Mountain Spring Water, Evian.
  • Carbonated soft drinks: for example — 7-Up, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Sprite.
  • Noncarbonated Soft Drink: for example — Crystal Light, SoBe Lizard Fuel, Yoohoo Chocolate Drink.
  • Vegetable Juice (16 oz and under only): for example — V8 Vegetable Juice, Hollywood Carrot Juice, Campbell's Tomato Juice.
  • "Sport" drinks: for example — All Sport, Powerade, Gatorade.
  • Excluded from the CRV deposit are: milk, medical food, infant formula, wine, 100 percent fruit juice in containers 46 ounces or more and vegetable juice above 16 ounces.

    You will find this information on the state's Department of Conservation at bottlesandcans.com or you can call 1-800-RECYCLE (732-9253).

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