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About RMDZ

CalRecycle’s Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Program


The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program is specifically designed for businesses and manufacturers that utilize products that would normally end up in a landfill. A business may be eligible for RMDZ benefits if their operations 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 makes recycled-content products; and
•    Conversion technology and biomass processes that convert waste to energy, fuel, etc., excluding high heat processes.


Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties

Together, the counties of Lake, Sonoma, and Mendocino form one of California’s Recycling Market Development Zones. Currently managed by the County of Sonoma, with assistance from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery or CalRecycle (formerly known as the California Integrated Waste Management Board), this zone includes all the incorporated and unincorporated areas of each county.

The RMDZ program combines economic development with recycling to provide attractive incentives for new businesses, expansion of existing facilities, job creation, and reduction of waste headed to landfills. Through monetary loans and business development assistance, the Lake/Sonoma/Mendocino Zone benefits the community in the following ways:
•    Stimulates the expansion of recycled-content product manufacturers into the region;
•    Decreases community dependence on landfills;
•    Assists local municipality with meeting state mandated landfill diversion rates;
•    Adds jobs;
•    Increases local revenues; and
•    Contributes to the reduction of green house gas emissions.

Contact Information

If you would like to request more information, please contact the local Zone Contact or RMDZ staff at:


Zone Liaison:

Samuel Ferrero
1001 I Street, Mail Stop 9A
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025

Phone: (916) 341-6294

Email: [email protected]



Lake County Economic Development Corporation– Lake County
Andy Lucas
Zone Contact
3895 Main Street
Kelseyville, Ca 95451

Phone: (707) 279-1540

Email: [email protected]