Recycling Market Development Zone

City of Hawthorne

The City of Hawthorne continues a legacy of manufacturing and aerospace innovation as the birth place of the Northrop Corporation in the 1930s and now home of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Today, Hawthorne is home to manufacturers of everything from environmentally-friendly surfboards to rockets and cutting-edge imaging equipment.


The City of Hawthorne is prepared to assist new businesses in a variety of ways. These include, but are not limited to: Reduction of certain fees and taxes for building permits, business licenses, and utility user taxes; Assignment of a dedicated permit expeditor/case manager to guide all development permitting tasks in the City; The City has also considered joint purchasing companies with manufacturers planning to make large capital investments so that they can reduce their sales tax exposure.

Target Materials

The City of Hawthorne is targeting any and all materials for the RMDZ program with an emphasis on the priority materials of: construction & demolition debris, plastics, organics, and paper.


The City of Hawthorne is located in one of Los Angeles County’s most active aerospace and technology regions. Located within a five mile radius are LAX, the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Aerospace Corporation, Northrop-Grumman, and Raytheon. The Hawthorne RMDZ fills a gap in the local RMDZ landscape by adding key manufacturing areas as well as emerging companies such as SpaceX. The Hawthorne RMDZ covers the major industrial and manufacturing areas of the City and is conveniently located adjacent to the 405, 105, 110 Freeways, and the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.


Selena Acuna

Assistant Engineer
4455 West 126th St
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 349-2982
FAX: (310) 978-9862
County: Los Angeles
CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson

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