The goal of the Environmental Protection Office's Solid Waste Program is to provide sustainable, environmentally friendly and fiscally sound solid waste management and disposal services to the Lower Brule Reservation. The Solid Waste Program is owned and operated by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and staffed by a team of three employees. All waste is take to the Tri-County Regional Landfill located in Puckwana, South Dakota, approximately 40 miles from Lower Brule.
Services provided by the Solid Waste Program includes:
- Residential services
- Commercial services
- Roll-offs for commercial and residential use
- Recycling of tires, aluminum, steel, junked cars, paper, cardboard
- Bulky items like sofas, chairs, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers
- Waste Oil and oil filters
- Automobile batteries
In April of 2012 the Environmental Protection Office purchased fifteen (15) new eight (8) yard dumpsters to replace the old rusty ones that have been used for years. The funds used to make the purchase were from the U.S. EPA funded General Assistance Program, ("GAP"), which provides funds for solid waste issues on Lower Brule.
In the spring of 2013 the Solid Waste Program purchased a small tractor and trailer to help with recycling, facility maintenance, and up-keep of the lagoons.
Links to Solid Waste Information
State of South Dakota Solid Waste Management Program
Electronic Recyclers in South Dakota