You’ve finally decided to get rid of that old frying pan you never use. What do you do? It’s metal right? Can you throw it in the recycling bin? NOPE!
The types of metals accepted in the Sioux Falls recycling bin are very basic: Metal Cans and aluminum foil. That’s it!
Non-single stream scrap metal of any size can cause excessive damage to the recycling equipment. Recycling machinery is specifically made to separate out the yes materials only (aluminium, steel and tin cans). Other items don’t meet the system requirements and aren’t automatically recognized to be sorted out, causing jams, injuries and downtime. Large items can ruin machinery and hurt employees who try to lift them off the line. Wiry items can get wrapped around equipment and shut the process down. Small items can contaminate otherwise clean streams because they’re not the same type of material- they can also be very sharp and present another danger to our employees sorting through the material.
Instead, take the No’s to a scrapyard, you might even get a few dollars back!
SIOUX FALLS GUIDE TO METAL RECYCLING IN THE SINGLE STREAM:
“Yes” (Put In Your Recycling Bin):
*All must be EMPTY of food & liquid (AKA scrape it as much as you can- a little food left behind is fine)
- Aluminum Cans (Soda & Beverage Cans)
- Steel & Tin Cans (Soup, Tuna, Coffee Cans, Candy Tins, etc)
- Aluminum Foil (Tip: Roll it into a ball)
- Aluminum Trays and Pie Plates
- Non-Hazardous Aerosol Cans (Food, Beauty, Fragrance, Household Spray – Must Be COMPLETELY Empty)
“No” (Take To A Metal Scrap Dealer or the Landfill for recycling):
- Pots & Pans
- License Plates
- Car Parts
- Car Bumper
- Car Rims
- Kitchen sink
- Bike Parts
- Silverware, Knives & Cutlary
- Metal Shelving
- Metal Cabinets
- Wire Hangers
- Stainless Steel
- Copper Wire
- Bolts and Nuts
- Any metals not on the Yes List (Still not sure? Ask Us!)