The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), a program of CalRecycle, provides low interest loans and marketing assistance to businesses that process recyclable materials or use them in their products. The County of San Joaquin, including its seven cities, comprises one zone. RMDZ offers information on sustainability for all San Joaquin County businesses through programs such as Green Team San Joaquin, the Green Sustainable Business Certification, green.edu, and Buy Local, Buy Green.
San Joaquin County is one of 40 designated recycling market development zones within California. The RMDZ program, developed by CalRecycle, works with local jurisdiction to help them meet their 50 percent landfill diversion goals.
San Joaquin County RMDZ Mission
To divert significant quantities of recovered resources from San Joaquin County's landfills by stimulating usage of recycled materials by manufacturers by helping create local markets for recyclables and products made from recyclable materials.
What is RMDZ?
- A three-way partnership between your business, local government, and CalRecycle.
- A nexus of local landfill diversion and economic development efforts.
- Loosely modeled after federal and state Enterprise Zones.
- A program that gives you a competitive edge.
What RMDZ Does for You
- Low interest loan program up to $2 million.
- Active business development.
- Increased demand for collected materials, not just diversion.
RMDZ Key Benefits That Work
- Local, continuous and increasing demand for materials diverted from landfills.
- Industrial jobs and tax revenues.
- Net reduction in transportation costs to get materials to market.
- Goes beyond "Command and Control" aspects of AB 939.
Who are the Players?
- The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Zone Administrator.
- San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division.
- CalRecycle and Business Assistance Staff.
- Technical Assistance Division: technical assistance and program liaisons to zone administrators.
- Loan divisions pre-screening and processing of loan applications.
- Pivotal link between CalRecycle and recycling-based business.
- "Local sales office" for the program.
- Competent, motivated processors and manufacturers willing to initiate or expand use of recycled feedstock.
- Usually the biggest risk, take in an RMDZ loan deal.
Our thanks to Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce for the RMDZ information.