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.
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program to encourage California-based recycling businesses located within California financing businesses that prevent, reduce, or recycle recovered waste materials through value-added processing or manufacturing. Facilities must be located within a CalRecycle-designated RMDZ and use postconsumer or secondary recovered waste feedstock generated in California.
The purpose and importance of the RMDZ Program is set forth in Section 42001 of the California Public Resources Code:
“The purpose of this chapter [is] to stimulate the use of postconsumer waste materials and secondary waste materials generated in California as raw materials used as feedstock by private business, industry, and commerce.”
- Public Agency
Eligible Applicants Private, for-profit entities Nonprofit organizations (except private schools) Local government entities Cities, counties, and cities and counties Regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, and joint powers authority
All projects must be located in a CalRecycle designated RMDZ, which can be determined by entering the project physical address into the RMDZ Zone Search, Map, and Profiles. In the case of mobile operations, the primary business location for the project must be located within the RMDZ.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Matching funds of at least 25 percent of the total project are required. Matching funds can include, but are not limited, to cash, grants, or loans. The following may not be used as matching funds: collateral, personal property, intangible items, i.e., patents, IOUs.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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