Recycling Market Development Zone

Merced County Regional

The Merced County Regional Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) is located in the northern portion of the San Joaquin Valley between the population centers of Sacramento, San Francisco/Santa Clara, and Fresno. The zone includes the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced and all Merced County unincorporated areas.


Each incorporated city offers a variety of technical and financial incentives to attract business development to their respective jurisdictions. These incentives may include:

  • Enterprise Zone tax incentives to eligible businesses.
  • Waiver or reduction of public facilities fees
  • Financing and loan guarantees.
  • Reduced utility and business license fees.
  • Redevelopment Agency assistance tailored to meet individual circumstances.
  • Assistance with permitting, site selection, and business plan evaluation.

Target Materials

The strategic location of Merced County results in an abundant supply of materials available for secondary processing and manufacturing. These materials include plastics, glass, yard waste, compostable organics, inert materials, and waste tires.


The area is served by two rail lines (Santa Fe and Southern Pacific) and three major highways (Interstate 5 and State Highways 99 and 152). These transportation routes provide an excellent network for easy shipment of materials in and out of the zone. Many developed industrial parks have land available, and recently closed Castle AFB can accommodate heavy aircraft.

Additional Advantages

Merced County offers prospective employers the land and labor costs of the Midwest in the center of California. The closure of Castle AFB has created a large labor pool and a need for generating moderate-income jobs.


Kyle Loreto

Diversion Program Manager
7040 North Highway 59
Merced, CA 95348
Phone: (209) 723-4481
County: Merced
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson

Recycling Market Development Zone Program:
Zone Assistance: Regional Zone Contacts or, (916) 341-6199