Recycling Market Development Zone

High Desert

The High Desert Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) includes the municipalities of Apple Valley, Adelanto, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, and Yucca Valley. Zone benefits are available in some adjacent unincorporated San Bernardino County communities. Zone activities are administered and coordinated by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority. This is the first zone to be established completely east of the Sierra Nevada/San Gabriel/San Bernardino mountain chains. It provides local and regional markets for diverted waste materials in the Mojave Desert area.


High Desert municipalities offer different incentives to attract business development, including permit assistance and a one-stop permit process, low development fees, relatively low land cost and flexible air quality and land use standards. This RMDZ is totally within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, which enjoys cleaner air and fewer permitting issues than South Coast AQMD.

Target Materials

Materials identified to provide businesses with continuous feedstock include recycled paper and compostables as well as glass, scrap tires, plastics, and inert solids.


Land and buildings in this RMDZ are available at competitive prices, including some within planned and existing industrial parks. Excellent rail transportation is provided by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Southern Pacific classification yards in Barstow, a recently announced BNSF intermodal yard, and the joint Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific line through the Victorville/Barstow corridor. The Victor Valley (Adelanto, Apple Valley and Victorville) is adjacent to Interstate 15 directly to the Inland Empire and Los Angeles markets; and Highways 18, 138 and 395 traveling north and south. Barstow is at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 40, and Highway 58. Needles is also on Interstate 40, at the boarder of Arizona and Nevada. Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are connected by Highway 62 to Interstate 10, and linked by Highways 247 and 18 to the rest of the RMDZ.


John Davis

Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority
P.O. Box 5001
Victorville, CA 92393-5001
Phone: (909) 797-7717
FAX: (760) 269-0040
County: San Bernardino
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson


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