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Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

Starting January 2014, the City of Hawthorne is home to a Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ). The RMDZ Program is administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as a way of encouraging the use of recycled or reused materials in manufacturing. The program offers attractive loans, technical assistance and free product marketing to eligible businesses within this zone (see map link below). City staff are here to assist you in this process

The City of Hawthorne continues a legacy of manufacturing and aerospace innovation as the birth place of the Northrop Corporation in the 1930s and now home of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Today, Hawthorne is home to manufacturers of everything from environmentally-friendly surfboards to rockets to cutting-edge imaging equipment. 


The City of Hawthorne is prepared to assist new businesses in a variety of ways. These include, but are not limited to: Reduction of certain fees and taxes for building permits, business licenses, and utility user taxes; Assignment of a dedicated permit expeditor/case manager to guide all development permitting tasks in the City; The City has also considered joint purchasing companies with manufacturers planning to make large capital investments so that they can reduce their sales tax exposure.

Target Materials

The City of Hawthorne is targeting any and all materials for the RMDZ program with an emphasis on the priority materials of: construction & demolition debris, plastics, organics, and paper.


The City of Hawthorne is located in one of Los Angeles County’s most active aerospace and technology regions. Located within a five mile radius are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Aerospace Corporation, Northrop-Grumman and Raytheon. The Hawthorne RMDZ fills a gap in the local RMDZ landscape by adding key manufacturing areas as well as such emerging companies as SpaceX. The Hawthorne RMDZ covers the major industrial and manufacturing areas of Hawthorne and is conveniently located adjacent the 405, 105 and 110 Freeways, as well as the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

City of Hawthorne RMDZ

Douglas Krauss                                                               Gregg McClain
Administrative Analyst, Public Works                                 Planning Director

4455 W. 126th Street                                                      4455 W. 126th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250                                                     Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 349-2987                                                   Phone: (310) 349-2975
FAX: (310) 978-9862                                                      FAX: (310) 644-6685
dkrauss@cityofhawthorne.org                              gmclain@cityofhawthorne.org

CalRecycle contact for this RMDZ:
Zone Liaison: Apollo Fraidany

 Hawthorne RMDZ Map (122.1 KB)
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