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Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

This program, in partnership with CalRecyle, combines economic development with recycling to provide financially attractive incentives for new businesses, expansion of existing facilities, job creation, and reducing the waste stream headed to landfills. RMDZ's benefit the community in the following ways:

  • Stimulate the attraction and expansion of recycled-content product manufacturers into the community;

  • Decreases in commodity prices due to the reduction in logistics costs;

  • Decrease community dependence on landfills;

  • Assist local municipality with meeting state mandated landfill diversion rates, currently at 50%;

  • Add jobs;

  • Increase local revenues; and

  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Program please click on the following link! 

Click the image below to watch our You Tube video on the Riverside County RMDZ Program.






Businesses That Qualify

Businesses seeking to take advantage of RMDZ benefits must reduce waste currently going to landfills. A business that may be eligible for RMDZ benefits would include any of the following:

  • Waste prevention manufacturing that reduces the materials used to make products;

  • Processes that make products reusable again by repair, reconditioning, and/or washing;

  • Manufacturing that takes solid waste to make recycled material or uses a recycled raw material to make a final product; and

  • Conversion technology and biomass processes that convert waste to energy, fuel, etc., excluding high heat processes.


RMDZ Recycling Manufacturing

Eligible Materials

Eligible Materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Paper

  • Glass

  • Plastics

  • Tires

  • Textiles

  • Green waste (yard debris)

  • Electronics waste (anything with a cord)
  • Wood

  • Construction and demolition debris, including:

  • Wallboard (gypsum)

  • Carpet and padding

  • Roofing materials

  • Porcelain (tubs, sinks, toilets)



RMDZ  Recyling Bins

RMDZ Loans

The RMDZ program offers eligible businesses below market terms financing for new development and expansion projects, technical assistance and free product marketing. The RMDZ has substantial benefits available for potentially eligible businesses. Below is a summary of the RMDZ specific benefits:

  • Attractive Loans

  • Low interest rate

  • Funds may be used for equipment, permanent working capital, leasehold improvements, and up to $1 million dollars for real property acquisition

  • Technical Assistance

  • Locating manufacturing materials (feedstock)

  • Finding markets for products

  • Providing current market conditions/trends

  • Evaluating technology and equipment

  • Providing geographical data on demographics, waste streams, and economics

Click below button for more details on RMDZ loan criteria.


Green Finance

CalRecycle Funding Options

CalRecycle offers funding authorized by legislation to help public and private entities create circular waste systems.

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Riverside County RMDZ Zone

To be eligible to apply for a loan, the project must be located within the boundaries of a Recycling Market Development Zone. To search zone boundary by address:

Riverside County RMDZ Zone

Riverside County has one zone: Riverside County RMDZ. The loan proceeds available may be used for land acquisition, leasehold improvements, equipment purchases and working capital for up to 75 percent of the project cost with a maximum loan amount of $2 million. For more information on current rates or to determine RMDZ boundaries, please contact our Zone Administrator at (951) 955-8916 or [email protected].



California Mandatory Recycling Laws

SB1383: California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025.

  • Recover at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025.

How does this affect you?

  • Starting in January 2022, ALL residents and businesses must recycle organic materials, such as food waste, food soiled paper and yard debris.
  • Starting in January 2022, certain businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations.

Is there a solution?

  • Watch the video and find out. To learn more, follow the link below. 

Food and yard waste recycling is the fastest way to fight climate change in California right now.

Watch to find the solution.