California Recycling Market Development Zone Association

CA Recycling Market Development Zones

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 loanstechnical 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.

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Recycling Loans

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.”

Additional background and legal information on the RMDZ Loan Program is available on the RMDZ Law and Policy page.


The purpose of the RMDZ is to help create local markets for the processing, manufacturing, and marketing of products made from recycled materials. Businesses are eligible for a variety of state and local incentives and assistance if they use recycled or reused materials to make products, or if they can make their products out of less material than they did previously.


The State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) is a joint effort between the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to implement State law requiring State agencies and the Legislature to purchase recycled-content products (RCP) and track those purchases. It complements the efforts of the Integrated Waste Management Act (Public Resources Code 4000 et al), which was enacted to reduce the amount of waste going to California’s landfills. An Annual Report detailing state agencies’ annual RCP purchase is due to CalRecycle by October 31 of each year.


The Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM) directory showcases innovative recycled-content products made by California manufacturers who use recycled waste as a feedstock. RCPM puts you in touch directly with the manufacturers who make earth-friendly products. Whether you are a wholesale buyer, Procurement and Contracting Officer (PCO), or an individual consumer, use this listing to find recycled-content product manufacturers who make products, or intermediate products, designed with your needs in mind! Some manufacturers can even personalize their products to your specifications. Buying from these manufacturers also supports green jobs in California and the California economy.


Calaveras County
Kathryn Gallino
891 Mountain Ranch Rd
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: (209) 754-6742
Email: [email protected]
County: Calaveras
CalRecycle Contact: Joseph Rasmussen

Chico/Northern Butte
Linda Herman
Park & Natural Resource Manager
P.O. Box 3420
Chico, CA 95927
Phone: (530) 896-7241
FAX: (530) 895-2634
Email: [email protected]
County: Butte
CalRecycle Contact: Pinar Kose

City of Hesperia
Dan Sousa
Environmental Programs Coordinator
9700 Seventh Ave
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 947-1019
Email: [email protected]
County: San Bernardino
CalRecycle Contact: Benjamin Johnson

City of Oroville
Rick Farley
Dept. of Business Assist. & Housing Dev.
1735 Montgomery St
Oroville, CA 95965-4897
Phone: (530) 538-4307
FAX: (530) 538-2539
Email: [email protected]
County: Butte
CalRecycle Contact: Joseph Rasmussen

Contra Costa
David Brockbank
Senior Planner
30 Muir Rd
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 674-7794
Email: [email protected]
County: Contra Costa
CalRecycle Contact: JoAnn Jaschke

Fresno County
Craig Nickel
Senior Staff Analyst
2220 Tulare St. 6th Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 600-4480
Email: [email protected]
County: Fresno
CalRecycle Contact: Brent Schubert

Greater So. San Joaquin Valley
Karin Ford
Zone Adminstrator
506 N. Kaweah Ave., Suite A
Exeter, CA 93221
Phone: (559) 592-1349
FAX: (559) 592-6571
Email: [email protected]
County: Tulare
CalRecycle Contact: Anthony Rodriguez

Kern County/Lancaster
Deborah Cadena
Community Services & Outreach
2700 M St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 862-8936
Email: [email protected]
County: Kern
CalRecycle Contact: Catherine McDonald

Los Angeles County
Armando Aguilar
Administrative Assistant III
Los Angeles County Department of Public
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (626) 458-2516
Email: [email protected]
County: Los Angeles
CalRecycle Contact: Lena-Prudence Wiegand

Merced County Regional
Mark Hendrickson
Director of Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development
2222 M St
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 385-7654
Email: [email protected]
County: Merced
CalRecycle Contact: Brianna Lara

North San Diego County
Michael Wonsidler
Program Coordinator
5510 Overland Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 694-2465
FAX: (858) 505-6356
Email: [email protected]
County: San Diego
CalRecycle Contact: Roberta Goldenpenny

Orange County
Antonia Graham
Assistant to the City Manager/Energy and Sustainability Manager
2000 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 536-5537
Email: [email protected]
County: Orange
CalRecycle Contact: Kathryn Ferrer

Riverside County
Robert Moran
Economic Development Manager
1325 Spruce St
Riverside, CA 92507-0502
Phone: (951) 955-6673
FAX: (951) 955-2159
Email: [email protected]
County: Riverside
CalRecycle Contact: Rhiannon McCollough

San Bernardino County
Richard Vaughn
ECD Technician
385 N Arrowhead Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Phone: (909) 387-4386
Email: [email protected]
County: San Bernardino
CalRecycle Contact: Darin Sprecher

San Jose
Lauren Romanazzi
Integrated Waste Management Division
200 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 975-2609
Email: [email protected]
County: Santa Clara
CalRecycle Contact: Karla Miller

Siskiyou County
Tonya Dowse
Council Director
1512 South Oregon Street
Yreka, CA 96097-3424
Phone: (530) 842-1638
FAX: (530) 842-2683
Email: [email protected]
County: Siskiyou
CalRecycle Contact: Roberta Jetter

Sonoma/Mendocino/Lake Counties
Leslie Lukacs
Executive Director
2300 County Center Drive Suite B-100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 565-3687
Email: [email protected]
County: Sonoma
CalRecycle Contact: Samuel Ferrero

Stanislaus County
Mitchell Medeiros
Senior Resource Management Specialist
3800 Cornucopia Way, Ste. C
Modesto, CA 95358
Phone: (209) 525-6788
Email: [email protected]
County: Stanislaus
CalRecycle Contact: Paul Brainin


Ventura County
David Goldstein
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009-1650
Phone: (805) 658-4312
FAX: (805) 658-4324
Email: [email protected]
County: Ventura
CalRecycle Contact: Catherine McDonald


Central Coast
Patti Toews
SLO County IWMA, Program Director
870 Osos St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 782-8530
FAX: (805) 782-8529
Email: [email protected]
County: San Luis Obispo
CalRecycle Contact: Diana Suarez-Arguelles

Christopher Kennedy
Economic Development Manager
13220 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710
Phone: (909) 334-3335
FAX: (909) 334-3729
Email: [email protected]
County: San Bernardino
CalRecycle Contact: Benjamin Johnson

City of Los Angeles
Marivic Sabillo
Senior Management Analyst I
1149 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 485-5252
Email: [email protected]
County: Los Angeles
CalRecycle Contact: Mia Hunt

City of Santa Clarita
Curtis Williams
Administrative Analyst
23920 Valencia Blvd. suite 300
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 255-4308
FAX: (661) 255-4356
Email: [email protected]
County: Los Angeles
CalRecycle Contact: Samuel Sasu

El Dorado County
Timothy Engle
Supervising Environmental Health Specialist
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-6587
Email: [email protected]
County: El Dorado
CalRecycle Contact: Joe Rasmussen

Glenn County
Talia Richardson
Administrative Services Analyst I
PO Box 1070
Willows, CA 95988
Phone: (530) 934-6530
FAX: (530) 934-6533
Email: [email protected]
County: Glenn
CalRecycle Contact: Marshalle Graham

High Desert
John Davis
Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority
P.O. Box 5001
Victorville, CA 92393-5001
Phone: (909) 797-7717
FAX: (760) 269-0040
Email: [email protected]
County: San Bernardino
CalRecycle Contact: Darin Sprecher

Long Beach
Diko Melkonian
Manager, Environmental Services Bureau
2929 E Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90806
Phone: (562) 570-2804
Email: [email protected]
County: Los Angeles
CalRecycle Contact: Jaenna Wessling

Madera County
Lois Leonard
Business Assistance & Office Manager
2425 W Cleveland Ave
Madera, CA 93637-4953
Phone: (559) 675-7768
FAX: (559) 675-3252
Email: [email protected]
County: Madera
CalRecycle Contact: Jeffory McDaniel

North Coast
Allison Tans
Economic Development Specialist
520 E St
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 445-7745
FAX: (707) 445-7219
Email: [email protected]
County: Humboldt
CalRecycle Contact: Spencer Fine

Northeastern California
Jonathan Kusel
Executive Director
P.O. Box 11, 4438 Main St
Taylorsville, CA 95983
Phone: (530) 284-1022
FAX: (530) 284-1023
Email: [email protected]
County: Plumas
CalRecycle Contact: Alex Souza

Placer County
Sherri Conway
Economic Development Director
145 Fulweiler Ave # 120,
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 889-4096
Email: [email protected]
County: Placer
CalRecycle Contact: Ward Danner

John Duke
Integrated Waste Management Specialist
1001 I St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-6712
Email: [email protected]
County: Sacramento
CalRecycle Contact: John Duke

San Joaquin County
Frank Ferral
Program & Public Policy Director
445 W. Weber Avene, #220
Stockton, CA 95203-3151
Phone: (209) 292-8428
FAX: (209) 466-5271
Email: [email protected]
County: San Joaquin
CalRecycle Contact: Brianna Lara

Santa Barbara Regional
Dave Cross
Program Manager, Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership & RMDZ Program
614 South Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93494
Phone: (805) 680-5016
Email: [email protected]
County: Santa Barbara
CalRecycle Contact: Harnak Samra

Solano County
Narcisa Untal
Senior Planner
675 Texas St
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (707) 784-3172
FAX: (707) 784-4805
Email: [email protected]
County: Solano
CalRecycle Contact: Rae Carranza

South San Diego/Imperial Co.
Manuel Medrano
Senior Recycling Specialist
Economic Development Department Services
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 585-5766
FAX: (619) 691-5006
Email: [email protected]
County: San Diego
CalRecycle Contact: Haley Aumiller

Tehama County
Rachel Ross
Agency Manager
1790 Airport Blvd
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: (530) 528-1103
FAX: (530) 528-9304
Email: [email protected]
County: Tehama
CalRecycle Contact: Ward Danner

Ken Hiatt
300 First St
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 661-5921
Email: [email protected]
County: Yolo
CalRecycle Contact: Pinar Kose


If you are a zone administrator you can contact Mobius Intelligent Systems to implement a website and digital outreach platform including social media content propagation and a newsletter for your zone under a special discounted plan for RMDZs.

You can use the RMDZ Services Request form to make the process faster and more efficient.

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