Recycling Market Development Zone

Riverside County

The Riverside County Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) includes some unincorporated and incorporated areas of the county and encompasses 144,000 acres. The incorporated cities are Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Indio, Jurupa Valley, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, and Wildomar. The county lies 70 miles north of San Diego, between eastern Los Angeles County and the Arizona border, and spans the area from Blythe to the Coachella Valley to the western portion of the county. Much of the zone is known as the Inland Empire, an area that has seen the most rapid growth in the nation in the past decade. The zone is diversified in its industries, including the world-renowned resort industry in the Coachella Valley.


Fast-track permitting is available for industrial site plans. Redevelopment areas within the zone provide low-interest loans and tax-increment financing. Small Business Administration loans are also available.

Additional local incentives include abundant water at low costs, affordable housing, rail access, freeway access, 350 days of sunshine, affordable industrial land, and recreational amenities.

Target Materials

Materials to be used as feedstock in the zone will include: paper, plastic, glass, green waste, inert solids, and wood waste.


Recycling: The zone continues to attract several recycling-based businesses to the area such as materials recovery facilities and paper waste recycling centers. Several other existing recyclers have expressed interest in the zone and look to expand into Riverside County. Currently, there are eighteen waste haulers and recyclers, combined, to serve the zone.

Real estate and transportation: The zone has 200 industrial and commercial buildings available, ranging in size from 1,000 to 200,000 square feet. The realignment of March Air Force Base in the Perris-Moreno Valley area will also provide additional infrastructure to the area. Highway service is available from Interstate 10, running east through the region and into Arizona. Less than 75 miles west along Interstate 10 is the Port of Long Beach. State Highways 91, 86, 62, 177, 60, 215, 74, 78, and 79 also serve the region as offshoots of Interstate 10. Rail service through the region is provided by Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and a main line of Southern Pacific. Ontario International Airport is located 25 miles west of the zone, handling commercial and passenger service. Palm Springs Airport, in the center of the zone, serves Blythe and the Coachella Valley with commercial service. Several general aviation airports are located in the areas of Thermal, Blythe, Chiraco Summit, Desert Center, and Hemet-Ryan for air shipping and cargo. The region also has numerous existing and proposed material recovery facilities.


Stephanie Stethem

Economic Development Specialist & Small Business Advocate
3403 10th St
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 295-8666
County: Riverside
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson

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