Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone
The Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone (OCRMDZ) is an economic development program that utilizes the growing supply of recyclable materials to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. The program fosters and supports eligible businesses that supply or utilize secondary materials; creating a circular economy and enhancing the City’s economic development potential. The City of Stanton joined the OCRMDZ in 2016.
- The City of Stanton offers a range of services to the business community such as:
- Assistance to the business community with grand opening and ribbon cutting events
- The Shop Stanton Program , offering customer discounts and shopping incentives.
- Business attraction plan programs
- Property information for commercial and industrial sites that are for sale or lease. Offering assistance to businesses trying to relocate into the City.
- Timely entitlement and business license processing
- Annual business appreciation luncheons
- Quarterly business networking mixers
- Monthly business visitations
Benefits of the OCRMDZ
- Access to low –interest loan for California companies that make products from recycled/diverted materials
- Technical assistance
- Free marketing
The majority of Stanton’s waste is business related and primarily of office paper and restaurant green waste.
One of the simplest and cost efficient ways to achieve sustainability and saving within a business setting is recycling. According to the EPA, about 75% of solid waste thrown away is recyclable.
Check out this quick list of tips to boost your success:
1. Make a business-wide commitment. In order to succeed, everyone in the business needs to be committed
2. Take a visual inventory of the material your business throws away. Identify what items can be recycled and separate them out of the waste stream and bag them separately to prevent contamination.
3. Perform a waste paper audit. Find out what tasks require papers and determine if these tasks can be done electronically. IF not, make sure the paper is being recycled either by sending to s separate services or bagging it separately to avoid contamination at the MRF.
4. Make your breakroom a recycle hub. Encourage employees to use reusable mugs and containers. Subscribe to a water service to reduce the amount of water bottles being used.
5. Educate employees and provide incentives. Rewarding employees for their efforts will make it more likely that they will continue recycling behaviors
6. Monitor activities. If you discover a problem or run into issues, deal with them in a timely manner.
Assembly Bill 341 directed CalRecycle to enforce regulations for mandatory commercial recycling in order to reduce greenhouse gas by diverting commercial waste & to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.
To learn more about the program, click here to view the informative slide show.
How can the OCRMDZ help YOU?
- Locate Feedstock - Feedstock can vary in specifications, quantity, and reliability of source. Although finding these manufacturing materials may prove challenging, RMDZ can help by facilitating communication between companies looking for the same materials or establishing relationships between complementary businesses. For more information on feedstock sources or locations at which you can post your materials, visit the following sites:
- Market Your Products - Marketing is important to the success of any company. If your company produces products made from recycled-content materials, it may be listed on the CalRecycle's directories following sites:
- Loan Assistance - The RMDZ Loan Program provides direct loans to businesses and nonprofits that are located in a Recycling Market Development Zone. The purpose of these loans is to promote market development for waste materials.
City of Stanton Contact
Public Works Recycling Coordinator
Orange County RMDZ Administrator
Energy and Sustainability Project Manager
2000 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 536-5537
CalRecycle contact for this RMDZ:
Zone Liaison: Kathryn Ferrer