Sioux Falls Paper Recycling Guide

Recycling Categories

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil and can be recycled up to seven times before it must be discarded!

Learn what types of paper you can put in the Sioux falls recycling bin:



Put In Your Recycling Bin

  • Office Paper (Paperclips and staples are OK)
  • Computer Paper
  • Scratch Paper
  • Notebook Paper (Remove spiral, metal or plastic bindings)
  • Newspaper (Remove plastic banding, rubberbands or plastic sleeves)
  • Brown Paper Bags (Twine handles OK)
  • Brown Packing Paper
  • Colored Paper (All different colors)
  • Paper Envelopes (Stamps and plastic windows are OK)
  • Magazines (Remove plastic wrap)
  • Magazine Inserts
  • Brochures (All types)
  • Flyers
  • Junk Mail (Staples okay)
  • Catalogs (Remove metal or plastic binding)
  • Paper Cups (No styrofoam)
  • Paperback/Soft Cover Books (Limit 2 per pick-up)
  • Phone Books (Limit 2 per pick-up)
  • Paper Maps
  • Paper Receipts
  • Shredded Paper (MUST be bagged – only ‘no bags’ exception)
  • Sticky Notes/Post-Its
  • Greeting Cards (No batteries, foil, glitter)
  • Wrapping Paper and Tissue Paper (No glitter, wax or foil- learn more)
  • Paper Cartons (Milk, Juice and Food) (Make sure its empty)
  • Crumpled Paper
  • Still not sure? Ask Us!


Recycle Separately or Place in Trash

  • Hard Cover Books (MUST be collected separately at our facility, not in your bin)
  • Spiral or Metal Bindings (Remove before tossing paper in)
  • Stickers or Labels (Neither sticky part or back release paper)
  • Candy Wrappers (Usually plastic, waxes and other materials)
  • Laminated Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Plastic-Coated Paper
  • Photographs /Photos
  • Pictures
  • X-Rays
  • Microfiche
  • Foil-Coated Paper (Wrapping paper )
  • Soiled Paper and Paper Products (compostable!)
  • Dirty Paper Plates (compostable!)
  • Paper Towels (compostable!)
  • Paper Napkins (compostable!)
  • Tissues (compostable!)
  • Kleenex (compostable!)
  • Any paper not on the Yes List (Still not sure? Ask Us!)


See EVERYTHING you can put in your recycling bin here! (It’s not just for paper) 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.