Solid Waste


Main Office:

Physical Address:
5165 South Highway 79
Rapid City, SD 57701

Mailing Address:
300 6th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Phone: (605) 355-3496
Fax: (605) 355-3092

Office Hours:

Landfill Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Administrative Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mission Statement:

The Rapid City Solid Waste Division will provide safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly waste services for the community.

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October 15th, 2020

Rapid City Solid Waste Division Customers:

As part of a continuing quality assurance effort, the Rapid City Solid Waste Division periodically tests the yard waste compost products to determine the quality of the compost offered for sale.  Recently, as part of that testing, the presence of three herbicides was detected.  The herbicides detected are: Clopyralid, Quinclorac, and MCPP. Since the discovery of these herbicides in our yard waste compost products, more extensive testing is being conducted.

What are these herbicides?

  • Generally speaking, these herbicides target broadleaf plants, and are not harmful to turf grass.
  • Clopyralid is considered a persistent herbicide or PH. Which means that it can be detected anywhere from several months to several years in soils or in compost that was made from vegetation previously treated with the herbicide.

How did these herbicides get into the compost?

  • The Rapid City Solid Waste Division adds only water to the feedstock material from which the compost material is made. Our feedstock includes: tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, animal manures, untreated lumber products, and other organic material.
  • These herbicides are used in our communities. Most likely one or more of our compost feedstock materials was treated with the herbicide, and at some point, delivered to the Solid Waste Facility for processing. Herbicides ARE NOT used as part of the yard waste composting process.

What will happen if I use compost products from the Solid Waste Division?

  • At this point the recommendation is to not use the compost for any application where broad leaf plants (including ornamental plants) will be grown. This includes, but is not limited to, most common garden plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, legumes, lettuce, peppers, etc.

What is the Rapid City Solid Waste Division doing about this?

  • More extensive testing is being conducted, including testing the different feed stocks separately in an effort to narrow down where these herbicides may be coming from. If a particular material is found to be the source of the herbicide, that waste stream will be managed separately to ensure that herbicide residues are kept out of the compost to the greatest extent possible.

What can I, the customer, do to help?

  • Make sure you are not using any of the herbicides listed above on any yard waste material you bring to the Solid Waste Facility.
  • If you do bring in material that may have herbicide residue, please let the Solid Waste Division staff know, so appropriate measures can be taken to segregate the material.

When using any herbicide, please follow all instructions and warnings provided by the manufacturer.


Solid Waste Division Procedures

To help ease the burden on those customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Rapid City suspended discontinuation of service for non-payment of utility bills on March 17, 2020. The City of Rapid City has determined that it needs to move toward resuming normal operations and will lift the suspension on discontinuation of service beginning January 4, 2021. Our records indicate that your account is currently past-due. You must bring your account current before January 4, 2021 in order to avoid a potential discontinuation of your service.
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardship, to varying degrees, for members of our community. If you continue to face a significance financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an exemption from discontinuation on a form available online at If granted, the hardship exemption will allow you additional time, through a short-term utility payment plan, to become current on your City utility account.
If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and need financial assistance, please contact 211 for information on the many programs available at the state, county, and local levels. In addition, the State of South Dakota in collaboration with SD Housing Development Authority, Helpline Center, and partner agencies, are making available CARES Act funding to assist residents with housing and utility expenses. You can apply online at
Please contact the City's Utility Billing division at 394-4125 or via email at
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  • Residential garbage and recycling will be collected on the regular schedule. Drivers are NOT ALLOWED to exit their vehicles on their routes except for emergencies. All garbage and recycling MUST be inside the city-issued containers or it WILL NOT be collected. Please bag and tie all garbage in the garbage container to prevent littering. Recyclables are to be loose in the recycling container.
    • Extra bags next to containers WILL NOT be collected.
    • A residential customer may use a City utility bill showing garbage services and issued within the last 12 months for one free disposal of up to 1000 pounds per transaction at the City Landfill.  Use of multiple City utility bills for loads greater than 1000 pounds will not be allowed. 


REMINDER: Please bag and tie all garbage to prevent littering



  • The landfill is available to the public Monday through Saturday. 7:00 am – 4:45 pm.
    • A residential customer may use a City utility bill showing garbage services and issued within the last 12 months for one free disposal of up to 1000 pounds per transaction at the City Landfill.  Use of multiple City utility bills for loads greater than 1000 pounds will not be allowed. 
  • Children MUST remain in vehicles at all times when on landfill property

REMINDER: City Wide Clean-up has been postponed until further notice

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