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Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Pierre, SD 57501-3182
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Water and Waste Funding


Solid Waste Management Program Funding

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The Solid Waste Management Program was established in 1992 to provide funding for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. The program is supported by the following funding sources: a $0.75 per ton landfill surcharge on municipal solid waste, a $0.25 per tire vehicle registration fee and principal and interest payments from past solid waste loans. SDCL 34A-6-85 provides that the board shall provide a grant or loan preference for recycling projects. The Legislature appropriates the dedicated solid waste funds annually through the Governor's Omnibus bill.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, counties, cooperatives, municipalities, regional or state-wide planning agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, or special purpose districts that have the authority to construct or operate solid waste, waste tire, or recycling facilities.


Application Deadlines

Applications must be postmarked or received at the department on or before the first day of January, April, July, or October.


Award Dates

The department will notify applicants of the date for the Board of Water and Natural Resources meeting meeting at which applications will be considered by the board. Board meeting dates are available on the department's website.


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Interest Rates and Terms

The board sets interest rates for the program and makes adjustments to the rates on an as-needed basis.  By Administrative Rule, it is required that to amend the interest rates they must be included as part of the posted board meeting agenda. The term of the loan will be based on the useful life of the project.


Award Criteria

The Board of Water and Natural Resources is authorized to provide funding in the form of a grant, loan, or a combination of both to qualifying applicants under the Solid Waste Management Program.

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The board may award less than the amount requested in the application or convert grant requests to loan or convert loan requests to grant funding. Funding decisions are based on the following criteria:

   1) Area to be served;

   2) Available program funds;

   3) Business plan review;

   4) Compliance with applicable permits and regulations;

   5) Debt service capability;

   6) Economic impact;

   7) Local contribution;

   8) Other funding sources;

   9) Rates;

   10) Readiness to proceed;

   11) Regionalization or consolidation of facilities; and

   12) Technical feasibility.

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Match Requirementslandfill construction photo

A grantee must provide a minimum 20 percent share of the total proposal cost. Matching funds may include public or private direct contributions, loans from private or public sources including state and federal agencies, and federal grants. In-kind contributions may also be considered as matching funds.


Application Requirements

Applications must be completed fully and meet minimum program requirements before being presented to the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

Projects should address one of the following:

   1) Solid Waste Management Hierarchy in descending order of preference as outlined in SDCL 34A-6-1.2.

       a) Volume reduction at the source;

       b) Recycling and reuse;

       c) Use for energy production;

       d) Disposal in landfill or combustion for volume reduction;

   2) Potential cost savings, public health, or environmental benefits in solid waste management.

To assist in meeting the requirements the application includes a checklist. Questions can be directed to Andy Bruels.


Solid Waste Management Program Applications

Download a copy of the online application form with interactive fields (your entries into the form can be saved)

Download and print application form (print for completion by hand or use “typewriter” in Adobe Reader)


Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations concerning the Solid Waste Management Program may be found in the Administrative Rules of South Dakota 74:05:10.

For more information contact:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Water and Waste Funding Program
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

E-mail: Drew Huisken

Phone: (605) 773-4216
Fax: (605) 773-4068


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