Grease Menace

Fats, Oils and Grease

Sioux Falls residents declare war on the Grease Menace. Every home generates fats, oils and greases in their food preparation and cooking. The worst place to dispose of this grease is down the drain. This material is one of the most common causes of sewer blockages, backups, and overflows. Protect your family and your neighbor’s property and health by helping us reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease disposed to the sanitary sewer.
Grease Menace Education Brochure

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

This year-round program allows the residents of our five county area (Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner) to drop of household hazardous material and electronics free of charge. Review these brochures for information about accepted items and hours of operation. Facility is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Household Hazardous Waste
Electronics Recycling Services
Battery Recycling

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

Mayor’s Big Sioux River Water Summit

Mayor Mike Huether hosted the first “Mayor’s Big Sioux River Water Summit” on Monday September 9, 2013. The summit was a tremendous success with approximately 135 watershed professionals and citizens collaborating on how to improve our critical natural resource the Big Sioux River.
2013 Big Sioux River Water Summit
Water Summit Presentations

Residential Sustainability Guide

The City has released its first-ever Residential Guide to Sustainability.

Check out what the City of Sioux Falls is doing to help its residents live a more sustainable lifestyle, and how you can help by doing your part.
Residential Guide to Sustainability
Sustainability Program
Sioux Falls Sustainability Master Plan


There are currently 25 waste haulers providing services residentially.

Looking towards the future of our kids and grandkids, the City of Sioux Falls and our residents work with the local haulers to ease the burden on the landfill by meeting an annual recycling goal.

Monthly Recycling Progress
2012 Recycling Rates
Rebates for Top Recyclers in Sioux Falls

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’s charge is to protect and enhance the Sioux Falls environment through the management of responsible and reasonable local codes, standards and programs.

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.

News Releases

Sioux Area Metro Offers Free Rides for Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day this year, the Public Works Environmental Division has teamed up with Sioux Area Metro (SAM) to offer free rides on fixed routes (1‒25) all daylong on Tuesday…

Posted 04/15/2014 in Environmental

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