Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone (CCRMDZ)


The Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone (CCRMDZ) covers 8,000 square miles. It borders the Pacific Ocean and lies between the major metropolitan centers of San Francisco/San Jose and Los Angeles. The CCRMDZ program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs and divert waste from landfills.

Target Materials

The re-use of recycled materials reduces business operating costs by replacing higher-cost virgin feedstock with recycled feedstock or scrap material for many manufacturers. Materials to be targeted for feedstock in the CCRMDZ include construction and demolition waste, mixed paper, compostable materials, mixed plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PETE), and film plastic used by the agricultural industry.

Grow Your Business

Depending on your business needs, there are many ways that the CCRMDZ program can assist your enterprise. Companies wishing to establish or expand their recycling related business will find a wealth of resources and opportunities in the California Central Coast area. Known as one of the most desirable places to live and work in California, the Central Coast offers a top quality workforce, strong business environment and a well-developed recycling infrastructure.

The CCRMDZ was created to encourage and support the establishment of companies that use recycled materials along California’s Central Coast.

The zone borders the Pacific Ocean and lies between the major metropolitan centers of San Francisco/San Jose and Los Angeles, covering the counties of San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey and SLO.

Loan Program

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Loan Program to encourage California-based recycling businesses located within California to site new manufacturing facilities and expand existing operations. This program provides low-interest loans (2 million dollars) for the purchase of equipment and other relevant business costs. The intent of the RMDZ Loan Program is to help California manufacturers increase their processing capabilities and create additional markets for recycled-content products.

Loan Rate


Current Loan Rate

Recycle BIN // Building Infrastructure Now

The Recycling Build Infrastructure Now Coalition (aka the BIN Coalition) was founded in mid 2011 by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, the California Association of Recycling Market Development Zones (CARMDZ), the California Product Stewardship Council, and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). The objective for creating the Coalition then and now was to promote the maximum conversion of recycled materials collected throughout California into value-added products, creating quality new jobs for Californians while helping the state to reduce generation of greenhouse gases. Over the past several years, the Recycling BIN Coalition has consistently advocated for a more aggressive effort to fund and build additional recycling market development infrastructure throughout California, and to reach for an alternative to the current export of 80% or more of recyclables to offshore markets.

Featured Projects


The Don Chapin Co., Inc.

donThe Don Chapin Company, Inc., has been building in the Central California area since 1975. A general engineering contractor based in Salinas, Monterey county, the Don Chapin Company specializes in underground, earthwork and paving.

Cranford, Inc.

Online access to a variety of compost materials products available through Cranford, Inc.

K&R Products, Inc.

kr-productsOffers injection molding, pad printing and part decoration, assembly, warehousing, first article inspection and quality control, mold building, mold repair and machining.

Learn about a number of resources for starting, growing, financing, expanding, or relocating a business in California through the California Economic Development Partnership.