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 low interest 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. Stanislaus County is a “Zone” for the RMDZ program. Qualifying businesses that site within Stanislaus County can take advantage of the program. Assistance is provided by a zone administrator. 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.

For more information on the RMDZ program go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RMDZ/ or the Stanislaus County RMDZ web page located at http://www.stancounty.com/er/rmdz.shtm or contact the Zone Administrator at 209-525-6700.