California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 


Recycling Market Development Zones

Program News...
  • It is our pleasure to invite you to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Zone Works Training Workshop on May 30-31, 2018 in Sacramento. For questions, please contact Frank Severson.
  • On January 2, 2018, the Department authorized staff to initiate a new Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Designation Cycle in 2018 to add new RMDZs.
  • The RMDZ CEQA Tool Kit is a series of web pages designed to guide a potential or existing zone through the CEQA process.
  • Loan Interest Rate: 4.0 percent.
  • Available Loan Funds:
    • FY 2017-18: $3,025,000 as of May 8, 2018.
    • FY 2018-19: $10,000,000 estimated.  

The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills.

This program provides attractive loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products and are located in a zone. The zones cover roughly 88,000 square miles of California from the Oregon border to San Diego.

Assistance is provided by local zone administrators. Local government incentives may include relaxed building codes and zoning laws, streamlined local permit processes, reduced taxes and licensing, and increased and consistent secondary material feedstock supply. Local incentives vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In addition to loans, CalRecycle offers free product marketing through the RecycleStore.

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Last updated: May 10, 2018
Recycling Market Development Zone Program:
Zone Assistance: Regional Zone Contacts or, (916) 341-6199