Contra Costa County
Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

Is your company part of the solution?  Using recycled materials to make new products is on the solution side of the solution/problem equation.   If the answer is ‘yes’, then your company may be eligible for some great perks.  For instance, the Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program offers low interest rates to eligible borrowers located within a zone.  See the map below to view the Contra Costa County RMDZ boundaries. 

Interest Rate at 4% (or less)
(Interest rates are re-calculated and announced each January and July)

Click here to view RMDZ loan eligibility requirements.*

There are many other resources available to companies who make recycled content products and reduce waste in manufacturing. The Contra Costa County RMDZ developed this website to assist businesses who utilize recycled materials in their processes.  Click on the links[1] below to learn more about available web-based resources.

 Assistance Links

A comprehesive booklet entitled "Resource Guide for Recycling-Based Businesses"* has been developed which covers financial assistance, technical assistance, business development assistance, recyclable materials supplies assistance and permitting and regulatory compliance assistance.

Contra Costa Recycling Market Development Zone Targeted Materials
Eligible materials include but are not limited to:  

Paper
Glass  
Plastics  
Tires  
Textiles
Green waste (yard debris)  
Electronics waste (anything with a cord)
Wood
Construction and demolition debris, including:
    Wallboard (gypsum) 
    Carpet and padding 
    Roofing materials 
    Porcelain (tubs, sinks, toilets)

Contra Costa Recycling Market Development Zone Map 
The Contra Costa County Recycling Market Development Zone follows the Industrial Shoreline of the County (green areas on the above map).  Starting in the City of El Cerrito the zone heads north, following the shorelines of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, encompassing the cities of Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, and Hercules.  At the Carquinez Straits, the zone then heads East including the cities of Martinez, Concord, Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood going up into the Sacramento Delta waterways.  All unincorporated areas and communities in-between these cities are also part of the Contra Costa RMDZ (such as El Sobrante, Rodeo, Crockett, Port Costa, Pacheco, Bay Point and Byron).

Contra Costa Recycling Market Development Zone Administrator

Rich Seithel
Contra Costa County 
Department of Conservation & Development
30 Muir Rd.
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 674-7869  PHONE
(925) 674-7250  FAX
Rich.Seithel@dcd.cccounty.us

* Files are in PDF format which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader ®, which can be downloaded for free:

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[1] Due to the dynamic nature of web pages, some of these links may have changed.  If the connection you click on does not work, search the home page of the web site you are browsing for more information or contact Lorna Thomson at Contra Costa County’s Community Development Department at lthom@cd.cccounty.us or (925) 335-1231 for assistance.

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