Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Waste & Recycling

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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). Individuals and some institutions have been unofficially diverting recyclables and taking them themselves to places that will accept recyclables.

Land around Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

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 also three legacy dump sites and two illegal dump sites. Waste is collected according to a regular weekly schedule.

The Plan


Engage & Prep

Build & Start

Deeper engage


Engaging the community

Review & discuss Plan. Add details. Community & school presentations & meetings

Review & improve Plan annually

Reducing and reusing

Develop school curriculum

Work with Diner to change takeaway containers

Open swap “store”

Review & improve


Choose staff; begin operations; begin training

Continue operations & training; supplement staff with Work Opportunity Program (WOP) participants & summer students; develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Managing external agreements

Secure agreements with PROs

Prepare & ship materials

Consider MTSA with nearby WMF

Review agreements

Creating recycling & waste boxes and stations

Build & distribute household boxes

Set up Drop-off points

Repair & replace community & household boxes, as needed

Implementing waste management system

Choose and purchase equipment & supplies

Build Transfer Station and Implement collection & waste management

Begin in-vessel composting

Build Sorting Station

Monitoring current and legacy waste sites

Choose monitoring company

Take & send samples for analysis annually