Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Recycling Facilities Located In South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created an interactive GIS map showing locations in South Dakota of businesses, transfer stations, and landfills that offer recycling services. This map can be found by visiting https://apps.sd.gov/nr57recycling/.
The DENR also has a list showing these in-state recycling facilities as well as out of state recycling facities. This list can further be broken down by select material types. The DENR does not endorse or otherwise support any of the companies listed below. Rather this list is provided as a service to the public. Please use the features below to populate a list:
You can select the recyclables you are interested in to create your own custom recycler list. To do so, please use the following dropdown box to generate your list:
Private Organizations Lists of Recycling Businesses
The following lists of recycling businesses are available on pages maintained by private organizations. Please note you will leave the South Dakota homepage if you elect to view these sites.
- Battery recyclers
- Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers (ECAR)
- Foam packaging recyclers
- Recyclers World (listings of recyclers who accept a wide variety of materials)
- Shingle recycling
Click on these links for EPA information about recycling of municipal solid waste and for more information on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Additional Recycling Information
Asphalt Shingle Recycling Programs in South Dakota
Myrl and Roy's Paving, located in Sioux Falls, along with Simon (formerly known as Hills Materials), located in Rapid City, have implemented asphalt shingle recycling programs for the purpose of use in asphalt mixes. Beneficial uses of recycling asphalt shingles include a more cost effective alternate aggregate in asphalt mixes and a diversion of shingles that would otherwise disposed of at regional landfills and permitted restricted use sites. For more information regarding asphalt shingle recycling, contact DENR at 773-3153.
There is no special funding source for battery cleanups. Citizens are encouraged to trade in their old battery when they buy a new one. A system is in place for battery retailers to properly recycle old batteries. Citizens are also encouraged to take their old batteries to a recycling center. Some recyclers will pay for these batteries.
Hazards of lead-acid batteries:
- Ground water contamination - The removal of old vehicle batteries eliminates the potential for lead and acid leaching to ground water which could cause contamination problems.
- Child safety - Leaking or damaged batteries pose hazards, such as acid burns or lead exposure to children.
- Corrosion and property damage - Leaking batteries can cause corrosion and property damage due to the reaction of acid with items nearby.
- Explosion danger - Hydrogen gas is given off by batteries. If several batteries are enclosed in a small poorly ventilated building, an explosive environment could exist.
For EPA information about electronics donation and recycling, go to: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling
Computer/Electronics Manufacturers and Retailers with Recycling Programs:
Mercury and Fluorescent Bulbs
For EPA information about products that contain mercury and what to do if you have a mercury spill, go to: https://www.epa.gov/mercury
For EPA information about cleanup and disposal of broken fluroescent bulbs, go to: https://www.epa.gov/cfl
National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP)
The NVMSRP is made up of a collection of companies, associations, and agencies that share responsibilities under the volunteer mercury switch collection program. The program is designed to encourage auto recyclers to remove mercury-containing switches from scrap or retired vehicles. The program was set to expire in 2017, although the EPA renewed the memorandum of understanding on November 15, 2018, extending the program to 2021. As of 2018, this program has removed and recycled more than 6.8 million mercury switches which contained a total of more than 7.6 tons of mercury.
To find out more about this volunteer program or to participate in the removal of mercury containing switches, go to http://elvsolutions.org/. For EPA information on the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program go to: https://www.epa.gov/smartsectors/mercury-switch-recovery-program
Storage Tanks Recycling
Most scrap yards and metal recyclers have requirements that must be met prior to accepting storage tanks for recycling. It is strongly encouraged that you call the scrap yard or metal recycler prior to bringing a tank to their facility to ensure that they will accept it and to learn more about their acceptance requirements. A few requirements include:
- All sludge and product must be removed prior to transport of the tank to a scrap metal site
- Tanks must be vapor free to eliminate the threat of explosion during processing
- At a minimum, view holes approximatly 18 inches by 18 inches must be cut or punched into each tank
To be included on any of these lists or for more information about recycling in South Dakota contact Nick Emme by email, by phone at (605) 773-3153 or by writing to:
Waste Management Program, DENR
Attn: Nicholas Emme
Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-3182