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Program Benefits

Program OverviewA manufacturing business that uses recycled-content materials can be a challenging, yet successful, proposition. Your success may depend on being able to locate reliable supplies of affordable recycled materials to produce your product line, or developing a sound marketing strategy for your finished product. Your operation will require working capital and equipment, or you may be considering relocating to a new site. The Southern California Boarder Region - Recycling Market Development Zone program offers a variety of resources to support your business.

The SoCalRMDZ program can help you get the expertise you need by connecting you to:
• Recycling manufacturers/processors
• State agencies
• City/County economic development staff
• Planning departments
• Local business and trade associations
• Municipal & private waste collection companies
• Research facilities/individuals
• Private lenders
• Real estate brokers
• Small business development centers
• Academic institutions
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Academic institutions
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Services Offered
Incentives and services offered by local zones vary throughout the state. Depending on the location of your recycling-based business, you may be able to take advantage of the following incentives and assistance:
• Locate local feedstock materials.
• Find markets and buyers for your products.
• Promote your product through the RecycleStore website ( and Recycled-Content Products Directory (
• Identify funding sources.
• Navigate through permitting requirements to save you time.
• Facilitate your research with data and technical reports on recyclable materials and manufacturing processes.
• Link with local, State, and federal government agencies, manufacturing associations, educational organizations, and small business development corporations.
• Locate a site or property for business start-up or relocation.  
• Obtain free technical assistance.
• Market your recycled-content products to State agencies and other public entities.