The Mission of the Recycling and Solid Waste Programs are:
- To bring community members, tribal organizations, business and schools together to discover how recycling impacts the quality of life
- To bring the YST Recycling and Solid Waste programs to the highest possible level of efficiency.
- To keep the reservation a beautiful and healthy place to live for generations to come
- To protect the reservation's domestic animals and wildlife
- To protect the quality of water, air and land.
The Yankton Sioux Tribe Recycling Program Accepts:
9:00AM - 4:00PM
The Three R's
Reduce: Reducing waste is the first and most effective of the three R's.
- Consumers are encouraged to reduce their waste by purchasing in bulk, buying items with less packaging and switching to reusable instead of single-use items.
Reuse: Reuse is the second most effective of the three R's.
- Reuse items as much as possible before replacing them.
Recycle: Recycling is the third of the three R's.
- Recycling extracts valuable materials from items that might otherwise be considered trash and turns them into new products.
Benefits of Recycling
- Conserve resources for the future
- Prevent emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants
- Save energy
- Supply valuable raw materials to industry
- Reduce the need for new landfills and incinerators
- Every ton of paper recycled a year saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water.
- Methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, and landfills account for 37% of methane gas output, we can divert them from landfill, thereby reducing anaerobic decomposition and the production of methane gas.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
Businesses that participate in our recycling program:
- Wagner Indian Health Service
- Gus Stop II, Lake Andes
- Yankton Sioux Tribe, Administration Building
- YST Food Distribution
- YST Travel Plaza
- VA Hospital
- Mrak's Machinery
- John Deere
- Marty Indian School
- Ihanktonwan Community College
Recycling Power Point Presentation.pp