Earth Day

Earth Day 2015

Join the City of Sioux Falls Sustainability Program in celebrating Earth Day 2015. Come out to the Washington Pavilion April 22, 2015 to engage with local community leaders, organizations and companies about energy conservation in our community.  This free event starts at 6 p.m. and will include hors d’oeuvres, a recycled art contest, keynote speaker, and door prizes.  

Earth Day Flyer
Sharps Disposal

Home Healthcare Needle Disposal Program

Help prevent injuries by properly disposing of home healthcare needles, syringes, lancets, and transdermal patches in a free puncture resistant container available at participating pharmacies. Click the links below for more information.

Needle Disposal Program Brochure

Plastic Bag Recycling

Did you know that loose plastic bags can get tangled up in recycling equipment? To ensure all of your plastic bags get recycled, please bag your clean, dry plastic bags in a clear plastic bag and tie the bag shut. Learn more by clicking the link below.

Bag Your Bags Campaign

Energy Conservation

The City of Sioux Falls wants to help you save energy and money in your home. There are plenty of easy things you can do around your house to reduce your energy use.

Energy Saving Tips

Pet Waste Program

The secret is out that pet waste, when not picked up, is a form of pollution. The issues that result from improper pet waste disposal can have serious implications when it finds its way into local lakes, rivers, and streams. Click the link below to learn more about pet waste, the issues it causes, and how the City is working to reduce this pollutant.
Pet Waste Program
Animal Waste Information

Green Pledge Registration

The Green Pledge Program is a way for residents to show their commitment to living sustainably. This program provides residents an outlet to receive information on how to save money, lower their environmental impact, grow within the community, and live a healthier lifestyle. Sign-up today and help us make Sioux Falls an even greater community!
Take the Green Pledge
Green Pledge Brochure

Water Quality

The City of Sioux Falls with the Central Big Sioux River Watershed coalition developed a Water-Quality Master Plan. This master plan is tool intended to be a watershed-scale, decision-support model to facilitate prioritization and placement of Best Management Practices within the watershed that are the most cost effective and provide the greatest water quality benefits.
Water Quality Master Plan
Water Quality Pollutant Concentrations
Water Quality Pollutant Loadings

Green Book of the Month

Need a good read over the winter break? Want to learn to go green with 50 simple steps?

This month’s Green Book of the Month will help you do just that! Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach will help you reduce your environmental impact and save money while you do it!

Green Book
Go Green, Live Rich

News Releases

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Household Hazardous Waste Facility
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Water Conservation

Indoor Water Conservation
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Water Conservation

Outdoor Water Conservation
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PSA Leading Green

Leading Green
Leading Green   [Watch Video]

Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -1    [Watch Video]

Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -2   [Watch Video]

Do You Recycle PSA

Do You Recycle -
Recycling Public Service Announcement -3   [Watch Video]

Bike Trail

Bicycle Master Plan
Sioux Falls has been a leader in the development of urban trail systems. The greenway trail...   [Watch Video]

Sioux Falls Sanitary Landfill - Where Does Your Garbage Go?
The Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill is the largest landfill in the state of South Dakota and covers over 160 acres...   [Watch Video]

How to Build and Decorate a Rain Barrel
How to Build and Decorate a Rain Barrel   [Watch Video]

What We Do

The Public Works Environmental Division is a small but dedicated team of environmental professionals committed to providing leadership in environmental management while continuing to provide the highest level of service to our customers and community. The Environmental Division also works to educate Sioux Falls on environmental matters through its Leading Green Initiative. Together this team’s charge is to protect and enhance the Sioux Falls environment through the management of responsible and reasonable local codes, standards and  educational programing.

How We Do It

We achieve our goals by administering and managing a variety of programs focused on environmental areas of concern. Major programs administered or managed by the Environmental Division are the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Recycling Program, Stormwater Program and Sustainability Program (Leading Green). Our division also provides environmental assistance, regulatory and administrative services to our customers in the following areas: air quality, biosolids, brownfields, environmental assessments, groundwater, hazardous waste, pollution prevention, risk management, solid waste, surface water quality and spill prevention. Our activities are performed in a manner to help ensure that the City and our regulated community comply with the appropriate environmental standards with the goal to protect the environment and reduce environmental liabilities. Successful compliance is achieved through teamwork, public education, technical assistance, inspections, self-audits and code enforcement.

The City of Sioux Falls through its Environmental Division is committed to promoting environmental responsibility as an organization as well as emphasizing environmental awareness to all interested parties and stakeholders.