Residential Curbside Recycling

The following items can be place in the blue bin:

Glass: beverage bottles and jars (remove lids)

Aluminum: beverage cans, food cans, aluminum bottles, hairspray cans (empty), shaving cream cans, and spray starch cans.

Steel:  food cans, coffee cans, empty paint cans, and aerosol cans (empty).

Plastic: milk jugs, detergent jugs, soda bottles, water bottles, hair care bottles, food containers, empty paint containers, drained oil containers, items with a recycle triangle on the bottom. (Please triple rinse pesticide or other empty toxic substance containers.)

Transfer Station

The City of Rapid City offers recycling and yard waste collection (seasonal) at three remote site locations: West Blvd North (off Anamosa St), Fitzgerald Stadium Parking Lot (off Sheridan Lake Rd) and the entrance to the landfill (off South Hwy 79.)  These locations are open year round for recycling. All containers are emptied on a daily basis. If a container is not at the site it is in route and will be returned as soon as possible.

Mixed Recyclables - Blue Roll off containers: Glass, Aluminum, Steel, Plastic (Same as Residential Curbside Recycling Collection)

Cardboard - Brown roll off containers: Corrugated Cardboard only (moving and shipping boxes.) Please flatten all cardboard before placing in the bins. (Shiny or waxy surfaced paperboard, cereal, beverages & pizza boxes are not recyclable.)

Newspaper - White roll off containers: Newsprint including insert flyers and packing paper.

Yard Waste - Green roll off containers: Grass clippings, tree branches: must be under 6' long & 4" in diameter, Organic yard materials only meaning if you mow it or grow it. (Use only biodegradable paper yard waste bags or empty personal yard waste containers directly into collection dumpsters.) NO plastic bags, lumber or pallets.

  • These containers are available in the months of April through November. All yard waste generated in the off season must be brought to the Rapid City landfill.

Regional residents are welcome to use the transfer stations. Please respect our community by following these guidelines:

  • No plastic bags: Reuse your plastic bags, take them home for disposal or return to grocery stores that offer recycling programs.
  • No excessively large branches, logs or root balls.  Please cut down branches that are too large for the containers.  Logs and root balls should be brought to the landfill yard waste site.
  • No garbage: Do not use this site for disposal of any items other than which are listed. No tires, pallets, lumber, furniture, etc.
  • No commercial haulers: Residential size loads only.
  • No scavenging.
  • Do not enter the containers.
  • No Littering

In accordance with City ordinance §8.12.020 No person shall throw or deposit any litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or any private property except in public or private containers designed and intended for the collection of litter.  Persons placing litter in such containers shall do so in such manner as to prevent its being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or private property.

Persons found in violation may be subject citation as defined by City ordinance §8.12.100. Violation of any provision of this chapter may be punishable by not more than 30 days in jail or a fine not more than $100, or both


5165 South Highway 79
Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 355-3496
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Landfill Hours:
Monday - Saturday 7am-4:45pm
Administrative Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30am-4pm

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