Recycling in Sioux Falls

Loose in the Bin…Not Bagged

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Keep it Loose!

Most single stream items should be placed LOOSE inside your bin… NOT bagged. 

Why loose? Our equipment sorts items by type, and they must go through the process loose for the equipment to “see” them. If anything comes in bagged, we have to rip it open by hand to see what’s inside and get the materials out.

We really don’t like black or solid colored bags- we have no clue what’s inside. Imagine ripping open a bag full of pet waste, wet leaves, or diapers! Trust us, it’s not pleasant. 

Loose materials also help haulers and recycling staff see items in the bin right away to pull out any non-recyclables as soon as possible. 

For items that need to be bagged, like unique commercial loads or shredded paper, we just ask you to use clear bags so we can see inside before opening it.


  • Plastic bottles, tubs and jugs
  • Glass bottles and jars (*NOTICE* Glass is not accepted by all haulers or cities, check with your service provider for requirements)
  • Steel, Tin and Aluminum cans
  • Milk, Juice and Soup Cartons
  • Office Paper, Newspaper, Junkmail and Envelopes
  • Magazines, Inserts, Brochures, Catalogs, Paperback Books, Phone Books
  • Flattened Cardboard, Brown Paper Bags
  • Paperboard boxes like Cereal boxes or Pasta boxes, Clean Pizza boxes (no grease)
  • Paper Egg Cartons

Have something you’re not sure about? Use our handy Where Do I Take This tool to search the database of local places you can recycle almost anything! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask us! For commercial generators, we will accept bagged materials if needed – we just ask that you use clear bags so we can see what’s inside.

01 Mar, 19

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