Sioux Falls accepts many types of caps, tops and lids for recycling! Learn how to recycle them right:
- Plastic Bottles (Soda, Water): Yes! If container is EMPTY, place back on and recycle in bin. Most caps are smaller than two inches, which means they fall right through our equipment if they are loose and are nearly impossible to capture. If you replace the cap, it has a better chance of being recycled.
- Plastic Jugs (Milk, Juice): Yes! Make sure jug is EMPTY, place back on and recycle in bin.
- Plastic Tubs (Yogurt, Margarine, Ice Cream): Yes! If container is EMPTY, place back on and recycle in bin.
- Glass Bottles and Jars: If Metal: Yes! Make sure bottle or jar is EMPTY and recycle in bin (can be loose or left on if empty). Magnets will sort metal lids out in the process. Plastic lids on glass bottles or jars, however, should be discarded before recycling.
- Metal Cans- If Metal: Yes! Recycle in bin (can be loose or left on if empty). Magnets will pull them out in the process. Plastic lids on metal cans, however, should be discarded before recycling.
- Pill Bottles: Yes! Make sure bottle is EMPTY, place back on and recycle in bin.
- Paper Cartons (Milk, Broth, Wine): No. Remove plastic cap and throw away (acts as a contaminant when carton is recycled with paper and too small to capture if loose).
- Pump or Spray Nozzles (Cleaning Supplies, Spray Butter, Lotion Pumps): No. Remove and throw away. The metal springs and liners make these non-recyclable.
- Plastic Caps on Non-Plastic Containers: No. Remove and keep out of the recycle bin – they fall through equipment or get caught/mixed with other materials (Glass bottles or jars with plastic lids, Metal cans with plastic lids, paper cartons with plastic lids).
- To-Go Cup Lids: No. Remove and throw away. This material is not currently recyclable.
- Wine Bottle Corks: No. Remove and keep out of the recycle bin.
- Chemical Containers: No. Remove and throw away. Any containers that once held pesticide, herbicide, cleaners, etc need to be empty, rinsed and aired out.
Plastic bottle caps are usually made from a different type of plastic than the bottle, which melt at different temperatures during the recycling process. At the plastic processors, containers and lids are shredded down together into “flakes” then separated using a big water bath (the bottle will sink and the cap will float). After the materials are separated, they can be melted down and used to create new products like bottles, milk jugs or even park benches!
Did we miss one? Contact us with any questions you have!