Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone (CCRMD)


The Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone (CCRMD) 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 CCRMD 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 CCRMD was created to encourage and support the establishment of companies that use recycled materials along California’s Central Coast.

Join The Booming Central Coast

Looking for a great location to move your existing business?  Or maybe you just want to start a new one.  The Central Coast of California offers the best lifestyle and working environment, so you can make your dreams a reality.  We know you put a lot of thought into where you have the best chance of succeeding.

Here you’ll have access to capital for your startup or existing business.  Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors, low cost loans and grants.  Smart Entrepreneurs move to places where they know they have the best chance to access capital.   Here you can expect the best Economic Development teams in the nation to connect you with potential investors, loaning institutions and granting agencies.
Finding it hard to locate people with the skill set you need?  Central California boosts several excellent universities guaranteed to supply you with a qualified workforce.  Our Economic Development teams work closely with universities and community colleges to match up the skills of recent graduates with your company’s needs.


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.

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Featured Projects


Cal Poly Compost

Cal Poly Compost is Certified Organic through CDFA’s Organic Input Materials Program(California Department of Food and Agriculture) and is a member of the US Composting Councils Seal of Testing Assurance Program.Cal Poly Organic Compost is available for sale in bulk quantities or by the bag to add soil amendment for gardens, lawns & flower beds.

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James L. Rossi, Inc.

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

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North SLO Co. Recycling, Inc.

North County Recycling was established in 2004 in response to the need for a construction and demolition recycling facility in north San Luis Obispo County. North County Recycling is also permitted to accept commingled recyclables from curbside recycling programs and green waste. We use the green waste and drywall received at our facility to produce compost and gypsum for sale locally. Our compost is OMRI listed and appropriate for organic farming.

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