Household Hazardous Waste Facility Continues to Operate at a High Level of Service
The City of Sioux Falls’ Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepted more than 2.2 million pounds of material in 2016, up almost 7,000 pounds from 2015. The facility also served more than 30,000 customers last year, up almost 2,000 facility visits from 2015.
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is a permanent drive-through drop-off location that allows residents of a five-county region (Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, and Turner Counties) to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous and electronic materials for free. The materials collected are sorted by a specialist and placed into various reuse, recycling, or hazardous materials disposal categories. Many of the materials accepted at the facility are banned from the landfill. Having the Household Hazardous Waste Facility allows residents options to dispose of these materials in an environmentally sound way.
2016 by the Numbers:
• 164,138 pounds of hazardous waste reused
• 465,380 pounds of hazardous waste recycled
• 1,544,648 pounds of electronic waste recycled
• 30,185 facility visits
Common items accepted at the facility include electronics such as TVs, computers, and cell phones; household chemicals such as paint, degreasers, and cleaners; yard chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, and insect repellent; and automotive chemicals such as antifreeze, motor oil, and brake fluid.
About half of the hazardous waste accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility is latex paint. Some of this paint is available for residents to reuse for free in the City’s Reuse Room, and some goes to the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill to be reused as alternative daily cover. However, a majority of the paint accepted is shipped to Amazon Paint in Fridley, Minnesota, where it is recycled into new paint and resold at the Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore has been selling Amazon Paint for the past five years and uses the sales from the paint to help fund their mission in our community.
“This is a wonderful program that gives residents a way to responsibly recycle their paints, and then have the opportunity to not only be sustainable but also support their community by purchasing Amazon Paint through the ReStore,” says Alisha Grove, ReStore Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls.
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Reuse Room are open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon (closed Sundays and Mondays). Visit siouxfalls.org/hhwf or call the Environmental Center at 605-367-8276 for more information.