The City of Sioux Falls says that in 2017 licensed waste haulers’ recycling rate in Sioux Falls was 24.4 percent. That's up 1.2 percent from 2016 and the highest annual recycling rate to date for the region.

That means that last year 5,500 fewer tons of municipal solid waste was taken to the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill. In addition, nearly 2,000 more tons of recyclable material was taken to regional recycling facilities.

“It is so easy to do, saves us a bunch of money and is so great for our environment, too,” Mayor Mike Huether said about Sioux Falls recycling in a statement.

With the region's increase in recycling, the City of Sioux Falls wants to remind residents about the City’s recycling guidelines.

  • Do recycle tin and aluminum cans; plastic containers such as bottles, tubs, and jugs; cardboard and cartons; and paper such as newspaper, magazines, and office paper.
  • Bag shredded paper in a clear plastic bag before putting it in your recycling bin.
  • Bag plastic bags together in a clear plastic bag before putting them in your recycling bin.
  • All other recyclables should be placed loose (unbagged) in your recycling bin.
  • Never put medical, food, pet, or human waste in the recycling bin.
  • Electronics, hazardous waste, Styrofoam, ceramics, porcelain, toys, clothing, and garden hoses do not belong in the recycling bin.

Officials add, when in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin. Putting nonrecyclable materials in single stream recycling, can cause safety hazards, degradation of the recyclable material in the load, and increased operating costs for waste haulers and recycling facilities.

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