California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Recycling Market Development Zone

High Desert

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The High Desert Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) includes the five municipalities of Apple Valley, Barstow, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, and Yucca Valley. Zone benefits are available in some adjacent unincorporated San Bernardino County communities. Zone activities are administered and coordinated by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority. This is the first zone to be established completely east of the Sierra Nevada/San Gabriel/San Bernardino mountain chains. It provides local and regional markets for diverted waste materials in the Mojave Desert area.


The various municipalities offer different incentives to attract business development, including permit assistance and a one-stop permit process, no development fees, and flexible air quality and land use standards, allowing some businesses to operate outdoors. This RMDZ is totally within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. The cities have redevelopment funds available to assist with financing, and offer access to other public financing sources as well.

Target Materials

Materials identified to provide businesses with continuous feedstock include recycled paper and compostables as well as glass, scrap tires, plastics, and inert solids.


Land and buildings in this RMDZ are available at reasonable cost including planned and existing industrial parks. Excellent rail transportation is provided by the Santa Fe Intermodal Yard in Barstow and the joint Santa Fe/Union Pacific/Southern Pacific line through Victorville/Barstow corridor, joining with Interstate 40 and Highway 58 at Barstow. Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are connected by Highway 62 to Interstate 10, and linked by Highways 247 and 18 to the rest of the RMDZ.


High Desert RMDZ
John Davis
Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority
County:San Bernardino
P.O. Box 5001
Victorville, CA 92393-5001
Phone: (909) 797-7717
FAX: (760) 245-6646

CalRecycle contact for this RMDZ:
Zone Liaison: Darin Sprecher


PlaceType of PlaceIn Zone
Apple ValleyTownInside Zone
Yucca ValleyTownInside Zone
BarstowIncorporated CityInside Zone
Twentynine PalmsIncorporated CityInside Zone
VictorvilleIncorporated CityInside Zone
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Data updated continuously.
Recycling Market Development Zone Program:
Zone Assistance: Regional Zone Contacts or, (916) 341-6199