Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Waste & Recycling

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Land around Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

The people of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN) feel a deep sense of responsibility to the land, the water, and the air. Taking on that responsibility and keeping these things clean goes to the heart of what it means to be Dakota. There is a sense of frustration that the community has not had a system for waste diversion and recycling before now. This plan intends to change that.

This is the plan for implementing a long-term, comprehensive community Waste & Recycling Program for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. Once implemented, this program will enable SVDN to manage and recycle all waste in a sustainable, cost-effective manner.

This plan includes an outline of the approach SVDN proposes to take, a listing of materials, equipment and people we will need, as well as a proposed timeline and costs so that we will be ready to implement that plan.

Recycling & Waste Management to Date

Currently there is no official recycling or organic waste diversion in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN). Unofficially and for some time, individuals and some institutions have been diverting recyclables and taking them themselves to places that will accept recyclables.

Current Waste Management Facilities

The community landfill that is currently in use is near end-of-life. It has been in operation for approximately 10 years. There are two dumping locations at the landfill: one is for household, business, and institutional waste. The second is an area at the northern end of the site for construction waste and white goods. The source of the construction material is mostly from renovation activities of the band’s housing department. There are also three legacy dump sites and two illegal dump sites.

Waste Collection

Waste is collected according to a regular weekly schedule:

Monday: About 120 homes + 2 apartment buildings + 10 community businesses and institutions

Tuesday: About 70 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Wednesday: About 100 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Thursday: About 60 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Friday: 2 apartment buildings + 10 community businesses and institutions

The Plan


Area of Focus Year 1

(Engage & Prep)

Year 2

(Build & Start)

Year 3

(Deeper engage)

Year 4


1 Engaging the community Review & discuss Plan. Add details. Community & school presentations & meetings Review & improve Plan annually
2 Reducing and reusing Develop school curriculum Work with Diner to change takeaway containers Open swap “store” Review & improve
3 Staffing Choose staff; begin operations; begin training Continue operations & training; supplement staff with Work Opportunity Program (WOP) participants & summer students; develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
4 Managing external agreements Secure agreements with PROs Prepare & ship materials Consider MTSA with nearby WMF Review agreements
5 Creating recycling & waste boxes and stations Build & distribute household boxes Set up Drop-off points Repair & replace community & household boxes, as needed
6 Implementing waste management system Choose and purchase equipment & supplies Build Transfer Station and Implement collection & waste management Begin in-vessel composting Build Sorting Station
7 Monitoring current and legacy waste sites Choose monitoring company Take & send samples for analysis annually