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Recycling Market Development

Recycling Market Development Zone


High Desert

The High Desert Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) includes all JPA territory: Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucca Valley and the surrounding unincorporated San Bernardino County communities. Zone activities are administered and coordinated by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority. This is the first zone to be established completely east of the Sierra Nevada/San Gabriel/San Bernardino mountain chains. It provides local and regional markets for diverted waste materials in the Mojave Desert area.

The various municipalities offer different incentives to attract business development, including permit assistance and a one-stop permit process, no development fees, and flexible air quality and land use standards, allowing some businesses to operate outdoors. This RMDZ is totally within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. The cities have redevelopment funds available to assist with financing, and offer access to other public financing sources as well.

Recycled materials are available to provide continuous feedstock, including paper, plastic, glass and organic. The JPA can help locate tires, inerts, construction and demolition materials as well.

Land and buildings in this RMDZ are available at reasonable cost, including planned and existing industrial parks. The area offers excellent transportation advantages.

Excellent rail transportation is provided by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Rail Classification Yard in Barstow and the joint Santa Fe/Union Pacific/Southern Pacific line through Victorville/Barstow corridor, joining with Interstates 10 and 40 and Highways 58 and 247 at Barstow. Barstow also includes a 35-acre redevelopment area business park, and the 1,200 acre Barstow Industrial Park. Barstow also administers a nearly five square mile Enterprise Zone.

Southern California Logistics Airport, in Victorville, includes a 2,500 acre air cargo facility, 60 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, and a planned 3,500 acre intermodal rail yard and industrial complex. SCLA offers enterprise zone benefits, and a Foreign Trade Zone.

Apple Valley’s new 5,100 acre North Apple Valley Industrial Specific Plan accommodates logistics and manufacturing operations, with a 120-day streamlined permit process.

Adelanto includes five industrial parks, and a large nucleus of existing industries.

Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are connected by Highway 62 to Interstate 10, and linked by Highways 247 and 18 to the rest of the RMDZ.

Learn about resources for starting, growing, financing, expanding, or relocating a business in California through theĀ Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Learn more about the High Desert RMDZ on the CalRecycle site.


John C. Davis, Administrator
(909) 797 7717
[email protected]

Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority
P.O. Box 5001
Victorville, CA 92393-5001