Why does the CRV fee exist?

The beverage container recycling program began in California in 1987 as a way to assure the return for recycling of a greater percentage of the beverage containers sold in the state. It is estimated that more than 300 billion aluminum,  glass, and plastic beverage containers have been recycled since.

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1. Why does the CRV fee exist?
2. Are there beverages are excluded from the CRV program?
3. What is a recycling center?
4. How much do recycling centers pay per pound for cans and bottles?
5. Can recycling centers pay less than the refund value for redeemed containers?