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Recycling Is Up In The Sioux Falls Area

February 26, 2014, 6:04 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Recycling Is Up In The Sioux Falls Area
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The City of Sioux Falls is becoming more environmentally friendly each year.

Wednesday, city leaders said they are on track to be one of the most green cities in the country.

Even though the landscape is brown right now, the City of Sioux Falls is very green.

"Sioux Falls' regional residential recycling rate is higher than the most recent EPA estimated national average recycling rate," Sustainability Technician, Jessica Lantgen said. 

With this much recycling happening, less waste is heading to the landfills.

In 2013, the city's regional landfill waste diversion rate was 78-percent. The EPA requirement is 45-percent.

"This rate takes into account material that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. And includes material that is not considered municipal solid waste by EPA standards. But is material that is diverted from the landfill or beneficially reused," Lantgen said. 

Local waste haulers were also recognized by the city today. About half of these businesses exceeded last year's recycling goal of 21.4-percent.

And next year, the city is setting the bar even higher.

"We are pleased to announce the 2014 recycling goal is 21.8-percent. This increase over the past year keeps us on track to reach our 25-percent goal by 2017," Sustainability Coordinator, Jamison Reginek said. 

Recently a new landfill was built west of Sioux Falls, covering 20 acres and 80 feet deep.

City Officials say moving waste away from these landfills could save the City millions of dollars.

"It's helping us extend the life of our landfill for decades. Which is going to save us all a lot of money. And the benefit of not having to re-site a new landfill for a long time," Environmental Manager, Robert Kappel said.

Of the waste hauling companies, Heartland Disposal had the highest recycling rate, at 40.4-percent.

Sioux Falls Sanitation had the lowest rate, at 14.6-percent.

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