Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Program

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program to encourage California-based recycling businesses that prevent, reduce, or recycle recovered waste materials through value-added processing or manufacturing.  Facilities must be located in California, preferably within a CalRecycle-designated RMDZ and use postconsumer or secondary recovered waste feedstock generated in California.

The purpose and importance of the RMDZ Program is set forth in Section 42001 of the California Public Resources Code:

“The purpose of this chapter [is] to stimulate the use of postconsumer waste materials and secondary waste materials generated in California as raw materials used as feedstock by private business, industry, and commerce.”

Additional background and legal information on the RMDZ Loan Program is available on our RMDZ Law and Policy page.

Eligible Applicants

  • Private, for-profit entities
  • Nonprofit organizations (except private schools)
  • Local government entities
    • Cities, counties, and cities and counties
    • Regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, and joint powers authority

All projects must be located California, preferably in a CalRecycle designated RMDZ, which can be determined by entering the project physical address into the RMDZ Zone Search, Map, and Profiles. In the case of mobile operations, the primary business location for the project must be located within the RMDZ.

Program News...

  • Available Funds:
    • FY 2022-23 $50,634,000 estimated
  • Interest Rate: Generally 4.0 percent, but may be adjusted based on the loan applicants ability to repay and creditworthiness.
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Eligibility Criteria

For information about the RMDZ Loan Program, including eligible/ineligible project types, download the RMDZ Eligibility Criteria.


To view the application materials go to the program’s Forms and Documents page. Before applying for a Loan please contact CalRecycle (see Questions below).

Loan Recipients

Learn more about loans that have been awarded.

  • Loan Award Information: Charts displaying data on number of loans awarded, amounts, and how funds were used.
  • Loan Recipient Search: Search for loan recipients by business name, zone, county, product category, feedstock category, loan type, and/or year.