Recycling Market Development Zone
City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles, with 3.5 million people, is California’s largest city. The region generates 50 percent of the state’s total waste, and has the largest industrial base and retail market in the United States in terms of total employees, payroll, and number of establishments. The total economic output of the City of Los Angeles rivals all but the largest nations in the world. As such, it is a major manufacturing and transportation hub for the state and nation. The newly expanded Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) encompasses the entire City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles offers a wide range of support mechanisms applicable to manufacturers that use secondary materials including tax incentives, low-interest financing, business assistance, and business incentives from the Department of Water and Power. Some of the financial incentives are Industrial Development Bonds, Small Business Fund, Community Financial Resource Center loan program, technical assistance from Valley Economic Development Corporations, and Empowerment Zone incentives.
The City of Los Angeles possesses an abundant supply of materials available for recycling and for the manufacturing of recycled-content products. These materials include construction and demolition debris, green waste, paper, plastic, textiles, carpet, mattresses, and used tires.
The City of Los Angeles is a major manufacturing and transportation hub for the State and the nation. The city is served by freeways, major highways, rail lines, an international airport, and the Port of Los Angeles.
For further local RMDZ information, see http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/recycling/services/rmdz.htm .
To view the City of LA Department of Public Works RMDZ Informational Video, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqtep2EDeJ8