In 1996, the Utah Legislature created the Utah Recycling Market Development Zone Program which focuses on recycling as an economic development tool. The legislature felt that as more products are recycled and used to manufacture new products the economy will be stimulated through new company expansion or start-ups and the creation of additional jobs. On KVNU’s For the People show this past Friday, Millville council member Ryan Zollinger said his community has been exploring this possibility.
“For us it’s as simple as going ahead and adding the recycling zone to existing zones within the community that allow people to develop recycling-focused businesses either through the use of materials that are recycled or through the creation of recycled materials itself. We’re going to try to lump it on (and) add it to our commercial zones and then kind of see where it goes from there,” Zolllinger explained.
Zollinger said although Millville is a small community, the council sees the need for recycling and feels they have the ability to provide economic stimulus that the state has put in place for participation. Eligible recycling businesses that are located in these designated zones qualify for state income tax credits, technical assistance from state recycling economic development professionals and various local incentives.