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South Dakota Recycling, Composting and Waste Laws

South Dakotians don’t generate much waste

A 2008 nationwide study conducted by BioCycle found that South Dakota has one of the lowest per capita waste generation rates in the country.

It states that, on average, each person generated 0.87 tons of waste per year. The nationwide average was 1.28 tons per person.

This is an even more important statistic than the recycling rate since waste reduction is the first priority of nearly every state and city across the country when it comes to sustainability and “green” legislation.

FACT: The recycling rate in South Dakota is around 19%. The national average is 34%.

Recycling landfill locations in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) maintains a list of landfills and transfer stations that accept a wide variety of recyclable materials.

See the landfill locations here:


Working on a roofing or concrete demolition project? Find a Recycler for that debris

There are several recyclers in SD that accept concrete debris and asphalt shingles for recycling. Shingles are used to create asphalt pavement.

If renting a dumpster for a roofing project or concrete demolition, ask your dumpster rental provider if they drop off debris at a permitted concrete or asphalt shingle recycler.

TIP: You may save money by recycling concrete or asphalt shingles since the tipping fees are lower than landfill tipping fees.

South Dakota concrete and asphalt recyclers

Save money and reduce waste by composting

As much as 30% of municipal waste in the U.S. is compostable, including yard debris, food scraps and paper products.

The South Dakota DENR encourages residents to compost food scraps and yard waste.

Benefits of composting:

  • It’s free organic fertilizer and soil additive
  • Reducing waste output by up to 30% could reduce the cost of your waste hauling bill

Learn more about composting:

Helpful resources:

  1. Landfill recycling rules and laws
  2. Scrap tire disposal rules
  3. Hazardous wastes disposal and rules
  4. Asbestos disposal

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in South Dakota

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.