CRITERIA to receive assistance from Los Angeles County RMDZ

Is my business eligible? To be eligible for the program, your company must:

1. Projects must be located in California and preferably be in a CalRecycle designated Recycling Market Development Zone (see list of cities and areas).
2. Use an eligible material in manufacturing a recycled-content product or process materials for recycling.
The following materials are eligible and are a priority of CalRecycle to develop sustainable markets:

  • Agricultural waste
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Food waste
  • Green waste
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Waste automotive tires

  • Ineligible Materials
    Materials which have a history of being recycled and/or any material for which it is illegal to dispose of in a California landfill. These materials include:

  • Metals (steel, aluminum, brass, copper, etc.)
  • Electronic waste (computers, televisions, and any item which operates on battery power and/or has an electrical cord)
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Medical waste including SHARPS (needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin to deliver medication)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Radioactive waste

  • Is my project eligible? It likely qualifies if it is similar to these projects:

    Waste Prevention Projects
    1. Modifying equipment or a process to manufacture a product using less raw material
    2. Purchasing equipment in order to reduce waste generation
    Reuse Projects
    1. Architectural salvage
    2. Preparing reclaimed lumber for resale
    Recycling Projects
    1. Manufacture a product with recycled-content
    2. Produce feedstock from recycled-content (examples include plastic flake and crumb rubber)
    Conversion Technology and Biomass Projects
    1. Conversion technology (thermal, chemical, or biological)
    2. Biomass (biomass fuels such wood or agricultural waste)

    To speak with an administrator or for more information, contact the Los Angeles County RMDZ at (626) 458-3537, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Managed by the Los Angeles County Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
    Toll Free Phone Number: 1(888) CLEAN LA
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