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Sioux Falls Parks Go Green

April 16, 2014, 6:09 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Sioux Falls Parks Go Green

About three million people visit Sioux Falls parks every year. Keeping the parks clean can be a challenge.

Wednesday, the City announced a new way to keep the parks clean and green.

Getting people to throw their garbage in the right place isn't easy.

"We've done lots of little things to try to help increase the recycling participation throughout the parks system and we've had limited success," Kelby Mieras, Park Operations Manager said.

After working with sustainability experts, the Parks Department is changing the way they display trash cans.

"We're hoping to receive more recyclable materials by giving that one-to-one ratio. As well as, more distinguished color scheme that helps identify from point of contact, that is trash and that is recycling," Jamison Reginek, Sustainability Coordinator said. 

The South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is helping out, with a $10,000 grant.

"We've changed all of our green cans to black cans. We're in the process of finishing that project up. Also, we will be ordering and installing these tight fitting lids that Jamison had mentioned. And that is what those grant funds is going to help in purchase," Mieras said. 

With about 1,200 cans throughout the park system, putting in new ones would have cost the city $400 to $500 a can.

The City hopes recycling what it has, and using the grant, will help the parks grow for years to come.

"We're able to not only divert a lot of the waste that will be generated from the production of those containers, we're also able to save significant dollars for the Parks and Recreation Department as well," Reginek said. 

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