Recycling Market Development Zone

Tehama County

Tehama County (population nearly 63,000) is one of CalRecycle’s newest Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ). The county has a total area of 2,962 square miles, including 11 square miles of waterways. It is midway between Sacramento and the Oregon border and is bounded by Shasta County to the north, Butte and Glenn counties to the south, Mendocino and Trinity counties to the west, and Plumas County to the east. There are three incorporated cities within the county: Corning, Red Bluff, and Tehama. The Sacramento River cuts through the central portion of the county and is one of the largest salmon spawning rivers in the world. There are more than 300 miles of trails (including 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail), and Lassen Volcanic National Park is only 45 miles to the east.

Tehama County is largely rural in nature, with isolated pockets of population primarily concentrated near the incorporated cities and/or along the major transportation corridors. All of the major incorporated and unincorporated developed areas within Tehama County are located adjacent to major county or state transportation centers, with the majority located adjacent to Interstate 5 and Highway 99. In the western and eastern portions of Tehama County, large ranches, timber company holdings, and government land dominate the terrain. Much of the land use is resource-based, taking the form of cropland, rangeland and pastureland, timberland and non-farmland. Tehama County has a dependable labor supply, affordable land and lease rates, uncrowded freeways, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, and an infrastructure geared to handle planned growth.


Tehama provides local incentives, which include the heavy-duty engine incentive program, the environmental quality incentive program, tax incentives assistance program, and landowner incentive program. Our RMDZ program also can offer free marketing assistance and waste audits, technical assistance, identification of feedstock material, permit and siting assistance, and no-cost local advertising.

The RMDZ program can also help you with energy-related programs that meet your company's needs. For example, the California Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program guarantees loans made by financial institutions to eligible businesses for purchasing renewable energy systems that will reduce usage of the State's electrical grid. If your business locates in Tehama County, it will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the State’s RMDZ Loan Program.

Target Materials

Agriculture has long been the backbone of the Tehama County economy. Tehama
County is a prime agricultural region because of its favorable growing season, arid climate, fertile soils, and abundance of water. The lands that surround the Sacramento River are prime agricultural lands for irrigated crops. The foothills provide critical grazing land and production of dry land grain. The mountains provide timber and meadows for summer grazing. The combination of the availability of irrigation water, advances in irrigation technologies, relatively good commodity prices for orchard crops, and the availability of processing facilities are responsible for the drastic increase in orchard acreage. Many orchards have been established in western Tehama County on clay soils with drip irrigation. Walnuts, almonds, dried plums, olives, and peaches are among the crops produced in Tehama. The county also produces livestock, poultry, and grain.


Recycling: Tehama County RMDZ recycling infrastructure includes a large material recovery facility and a network of smaller ones located throughout the county. Tehama manages secondary feedstock recycling through its curbside collection, and buy-back and drop-off programs. Commercial or self-haul customers primarily transport recyclables. The county has three transfer stations (Mineral, Manton, and Paynes Creek) operated by Waste Connections. These transfer stations are about 30-50 minutes from Red Bluff. Rancho Tehama Association operates a fourth transfer station. Waste Connections operates a material recovery facility at the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill, which uses two sorting lines. One line is for construction and demolition and self-haul loads of trash, and the other is for single-stream recyclables. There are no charges for recyclables at the landfill.

Tehama County has 19 K-12 schools. In fall 2009, Shasta College celebrated its new Tehama campus, a state-of-the-art facility. The new campus boasts a centralized student services area, high-tech classrooms and computer labs, and its very own science lab to support the growing needs in environmental, forestry science, and other lab-based programs. Shasta College was awarded an Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) Renewable Energy Grant and an (IDRC) Building Green Grant to develop training in the fields of photovoltaic/solar and wind generation and green construction.

Transportation: There are two major highways in Tehama County. The first, Interstate 5, bisects the county and connects north to Redding and Oregon and south to Sacramento, San Francisco, and other areas. The second major highway is State Highway 99. It connects the county to Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties. Other highways in Tehama County include State Highway 36, which connects the county to southern Humboldt County and northern Mendocino County to the west; and Lake Almanor, Susanville, and Highway 395 to Reno to the east. State Highway 89 also has a short section in Tehama County. It connects the county to Lassen National Park to the north and Plumas County to the east. There are two public airports within Tehama County: Corning Municipal Airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Corning; and the Red Bluff Municipal Airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Red Bluff. There are two rail lines running through Tehama County, both operated by Union Pacific Railroad. The first is a major north-south rail link connecting the county to Sacramento to the south and Portland, Oregon to the north. The line runs through Los Molinos, Tehama, Gerber, Las Flores, and Red Bluff during its journey north. The second line connects to the first in the City of Tehama and extends south to the west side of the Sacramento Valley. It terminates in Davis, and provides convenient access to another line that connects to the San Francisco Bay Area at Davis. This line also provides rail access for Corning. In addition to local public transit, Amtrak and Greyhound services also serve Tehama County.


Rachel Ross-Donaldson

Agency Manager
20000 Plymire Rd
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: (530) 528-1103
FAX: (530) 528-9304
County: Tehama
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson


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