Recycling Market Development Zone

Central Coast

The Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) covers 8,000 square miles. It borders the Pacific Ocean and lies between the major metropolitan centers of San Francisco/San Jose and Los Angeles. The zone encompasses the counties of San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, including the incorporated cities in all four counties. The incorporated cities within each county are listed below.


Local business incentives vary within each City and County located with the Central Coast Zone; however, services such as management and technical assistance, assistance in locating necessary feedstock, project development, siting assistance, and expedited permit processing are universally offered. In addition, our State partners at CalRecycle Recycling Market Development Zone Program offer collaboration on not only the low interest loans but can assist with finding other financing as needed for your project; such as the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, the California Energy Commission (both loans and grants) and Industrial Development Bonds. A variety of employment and equipment tax incentives are available through the State as well.

Target Materials

Materials to be targeted for feedstock in the zone include construction and demolition waste, compostable materials, mixed plastic, and film plastic used by the agricultural industry. Our specific focus is now on organics for compost and energy production.


Recycling: The Central Coast has a well-established recycling system to serve your feedstock needs. Each city and county within the zone has its own landfill, and /or transfer station and material recovery facility with curbside and commercial recycling. A substantial network of drop-off and buy-back recycling centers provide efficient zone coverage.

Research & Development (R&D): The Counties of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz each house a State College or University which can provide R&D services at low or no cost.

Transportation: U.S. Highway 101 traverses the zone from north to south. Santa Cruz County and Watsonville are served by State Highways 1, 17, and 129; the latter two connect to Highway 101. Monterey County is served by State Highways 1, 68, and 156, the latter two connecting to Highway 101. San Benito County and Hollister connect to Highway 101 via State Highways 156 and 152. San Luis Obispo County is served by State Highways 1, 46, and 58, all connecting to Highway 101.

Regional airports, providing freight service, are located within each of the four counties. Southern Pacific rail lines serve all four counties and the two cities. Existing sewer and water service is available within each jurisdiction’s industrial areas.

For further local Central Coast RMDZ information, see


Richard Vaughn

Economic Development Manager
168 West Alisal St
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (840) 234-9518
FAX: (831) 784-5602
County: Monterey
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson


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Place NamePlace ClassIn Zone

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