Regional Recycling Campaign

The City of Sioux Falls recently launched a region wide campaign to standardize recycling education throughout the community. The goal of the campaign is to encourage community members to recycle properly in order to combat the amount of contamination we see in the single stream. Click the link below to learn what can and cannot be recycled in the single stream.

Disposal Guide List

Residential Guide to Sustainability

The City of Sioux Falls Sustainability Program is pleased to announce an updated Residential Guide to Sustainability has been completed. Please click the link below to view the updated guide and learn ways to live sustainably in Sioux Falls!
Residential Guide to Sustainability

Pet Waste Program

The secret is out that pet waste, when not picked up, is a form of pollution. The issues that result from improper pet waste disposal can have serious implications when it finds its way into local lakes, rivers, and streams. Click the link below to learn more about pet waste, the issues it causes, and how the City is working to reduce this pollutant.
Pet Waste Program
Animal Waste Information

Home Healthcare Needle Disposal Program

Help prevent injuries by properly disposing of home healthcare needles, syringes, lancets, and transdermal patches in a free puncture resistant container available at participating pharmacies. Click the links below for more information.

Needle Disposal Program Brochure

Energy Conservation

The City of Sioux Falls wants to help you save energy and money in your home. There are plenty of easy things you can do around your house to reduce your energy use.

Energy Saving Tips

Water Quality

The City of Sioux Falls with the Central Big Sioux River Watershed coalition developed a Water-Quality Master Plan. This master plan is tool intended to be a watershed-scale, decision-support model to facilitate prioritization and placement of Best Management Practices within the watershed that are the most cost effective and provide the greatest water quality benefits.
Water Quality Master Plan
Water Quality Pollutant Concentrations
Water Quality Pollutant Loadings

Green Valentine's Day

Click the link below for information on ways you can celebrate a green Valentine’s Day this year!

Green Valentine’s Day Tips

News Releases

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City Launches New Regional Recycling Education Campaign

The City of Sioux Falls is launching a new regional recycling education campaign that aims to educate citizens within the five-county area how to recycle properly. The City is committed to extending the life of the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill through various waste minimization and diversion programs and also to creating a more sustainable community now and into the future.

The Magic of Recycling

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

2015 Big Sioux River Water Summit

Rebroadcast of the 2015 Mayors Big Sioux River Water Summit Question and Answer session with watershed stakeholders held in Brookings, SD on September 10, 2015.


Pet Waste Program
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Big Sioux River Summit 2015
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2015 Big Sioux River Cleanup Day Preview
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City News

City News - Landfill Free Pass and Cleanup Event
With several spring cleaning initiatives happening in the community, the City of Sioux Falls is doing its part to make a clean sweep...   [Watch Video]

Recycling Dos and Don'ts
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Household Hazardous Waste Facility
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Water Conservation

Indoor Water Conservation
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Water Conservation

Outdoor Water Conservation
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PSA Leading Green

Leading Green
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Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -1    [Watch Video]

Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -2   [Watch Video]

Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -3   [Watch Video]

Bike Trail

Bicycle Master Plan
Sioux Falls has been a leader in the development of urban trail systems. The greenway trail...   [Watch Video]

Sioux Falls Sanitary Landfill - Where Does Your Garbage Go?
The Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill is the largest landfill in the state of South Dakota and covers over 160 acres...   [Watch Video]

How to Build and Decorate a Rain Barrel
How to Build and Decorate a Rain Barrel   [Watch Video]

What We Do

The Public Works Environmental Division is a small but dedicated team of environmental professionals committed to providing leadership in environmental management while continuing to provide the highest level of service to our customers and community. The Environmental Division also works to educate Sioux Falls on environmental matters through its Leading Green Initiative. Together this team’s charge is to protect and enhance the Sioux Falls environment through the management of responsible and reasonable local codes, standards and educational programming.

How We Do It

We achieve our goals by administering and managing a variety of programs focused on environmental areas of concern. Major programs administered or managed by the Environmental Division are the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Recycling Program, Stormwater Program and Sustainability Program (Leading Green). Our division also provides environmental assistance, regulatory and administrative services to our customers in the following areas: air quality, biosolids, brownfields, environmental assessments, groundwater, hazardous waste, pollution prevention, risk management, solid waste, surface water quality and spill prevention. Our activities are performed in a manner to help ensure that the City and our regulated community comply with the appropriate environmental standards with the goal to protect the environment and reduce environmental liabilities. Successful compliance is achieved through teamwork, public education, technical assistance, inspections, self-audits and code enforcement.

The City of Sioux Falls through its Environmental Division is committed to promoting environmental responsibility as an organization as well as emphasizing environmental awareness to all interested parties and stakeholders.