Sioux Falls Metal Recycling Guide

Recycling Categories

What types of metal can you recycle in your Sioux Falls bin?

The only metal accepted in the Sioux Falls recycling bin is:

  • Food and beverage containers, cans, tins and clean aluminum foil. That’s it. 

Anything else, like scrap metal or wire, can damage the recycling equipment which is specifically designed to sort the “yes” materials.

Items that are not recognized by the equipment can cause jams, injuries and downtime. Large items destroy machinery and hurt employees. Wiry items get wrapped around equipment and shut us down. Small items contaminate otherwise clean material and can be very sharp, presenting dangers to employees.

Instead of the trash, take scrap metal to a scrapyard, you may even get a few dollars back!



Put In Your Recycling Bin (must be EMPTY of food & liquid)

  • Aluminum Cans (Tabs okay)
  • Steel & Tin Cans (Labels okay)
  • Soup, Tuna, Coffee Cans (Empty! Labels okay)
  • Cat food Cans (Empty! Labels okay)
  • Cookie Tins and Baking Tins
  • EMPTY Aerosol Cans (Empty! Lids okay)
  • Clean Aluminum Foil (Roll it into a ball)
  • Clean Aluminum Trays
  • Metal lids (Left on empty glass bottles and jars or loose)
  • Still not sure? Ask Us!


Take To A Metal Scrap Dealer or the Landfill for recycling

  • Pots & Pans
  • License Plates
  • Pipes
  • Car Parts
  • Car Bumper
  • Car Rims
  • Rebar
  • Kitchen sink
  • Bicycle
  • Bike Parts
  • Silverware, Knives & Cutlery
  • Metal Shelving
  • Metal Cabinets
  • Wire Hangers
  • Chains
  • Stainless Steel
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper Wire
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Bolts and Nuts
  • Brass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Wrought Iron
  • Lamp Frames
  • Any metals not on the List (Still not sure? Ask Us!)


Photo: Scrap metal bin at Millennium containing all non-accepted metal pulled out of material daily. This fills up every other week.


See EVERYTHING you can put in your recycling bin here (It’s not just for metal cans)! If what you’re looking for is not on the list, ask us! We’ll help you find the best disposal option in our area.