Recycling Market Development Zone

El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) encompasses the entire unincorporated area of El Dorado County as well as its two cities, the City of Placerville and the City of South Lake Tahoe.


The El Dorado RMDZ can offer the following assistance and economic incentives to businesses within the zone:

Low Interest loans and Other Assistance with Financing:

  • A CalRecycle RMDZ loan can finance up to 75% of an eligible project up to 2 million per loan. Loan terms are up to 15 years, and the low interest rates are from fixed-rate State funds. Rates are kept at or below the prime rate. Businesses no qualifying for an RMDZ loan are referred to other financing options/entities;
  • El Dorado County Economic Development Block Grant Program, provides loans and technical assistance to small businesses throughout the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County;
  • Business Assistance Loan Program, provides the critical and necessary capital needs for business and real estate projects within the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County;
  • El Dorado County Board of Supervisor's Policy (B-3) offers Tenant Improvement Mitigation (TIM) Fee Deferral. This policy offers deferred TIM fee payment for commercial and industrial projects located in the unincorporated area on the County's west slope.
  • The small Business Development Center (Sierra Business Council) serves the region. They offer no cost consulting services focused on helping businesses create a feasible business model, asses business opportunities, determine financial needs, identify potential sources of financing, and design an effective strategy to market and grow. They work to equipping businesses and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and skills to succeed on their own.

  • Permit Assistance:

  • State and Local public agencies guide businesses through local and state permitting and regulatory processes. The El Dorado County Community Development Agency offers a one-stop shop for County permit processing and permit process assistance through their Ombudsman.
  • El Dorado County has an existing Board of Supervisor's Policy (J-2) prioritizing Industrial and Commercial projects. This policy directs "all departments to provide priority treatment for commercial and industrial projects being processed in El Dorado County, to assure that the future tax base of the County is provided in a timely manner."

  • Local Assistance: 

  • Businesses seeking to locate or expand in this region can be directed to the industrially/commercially zoned property and other sites throughout the unincorporated El Dorado County.

  • Feedstock Sourcing/Market Assistance: 

  • Businesses in need of materials feedstock or seeking an outlet for their residual materials are provided with sourcing or marketing assistance. In El Dorado RMDZ, over 130,000 tons of material are currently being disposed (included disposal for Cities) and over 77,000 tons of materials are currently being recycled. All this material is available per year as manufacturing feedstock.

  • Who is Eligible: 

  • Any Business that: manufactures a new product out of reused, recycled, or discarded materials; processes recyclables in a manner that increases their market value and scope; repairs items that would otherwise become waste; or makes products using less materials while generating less waste.
  • Target Materials

    Target Materials within the El Dorado County RMDZ would include organics, plastics, and construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling.


    El Dorado County is divided by U.S Highway 50, a major highway that spans the United States. It goes directly through the two incorporated cities in our county: Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, and two growing communities: Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. To the west Highway 50 connects El Dorado County to Sacramento, Davis, and ultimately San Francisco, which offers major ports to markets worldwide. To the east, Highway 50 connects El Dorado County Carson City, Nevada, which is a short distance from Reno, NV. The Union Pacific Railroad goes through Reno and serves as a conduit to markets throughout the Nation.


    Health and Human Services Agency's El Dorado County Connections offers One Stop, which helps business owners find employees and enhance their business with services including assistance with CalJOBs listings, labor market information, recruitment assistance, and information on loans, workshops and counseling.


    Timothy Engle

    Supervising Environmental Health Specialist
    2850 Fairlane Court
    Placerville, CA 95667
    Phone: (530) 621-6587
    County: El Dorado
    CalRecycle Contact: Frank Severson

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