Success Story
Release No.STELPRD4019826
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
, Mar 15, 2013 --

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is exceeding the landfill capacity of handling 20 tons a day of garbage at the central landfill in the Northeast corner of the Rosebud Reservation. Garbage is hauled from twenty communities on the Reservation that range from 15 miles to 80 miles one way. At present, there is approximately 30 tons of solid waste generated daily on the Rosebud
Reservation.

 Rosebud Sioux Tribe received Water and Environmental loan and grant funds to construct the project which will make the operation cost effective and improve the trash collection for residents on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation. Federal funding for this project includes a loan of $100,000 and a grant of $540,000, along with previous funding received in Fiscal Year 2010 of $254,000 loan and $766,000 grant.

 “Solid waste collection will be greatly improved with the
addition of the transfer station,” said South Dakota State Director Elsie Meeks. “Enhancement of the environment and
cleanliness of the area is critical to the health, well-being, and quality of life of the residents in the area.”

A central transfer station located closer to where most of the garbage is generated will allow the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to minimize trips to the landfill, alleviate strain on solid waste
equipment, minimize dumpster overflow and illegal dumping, and allow the Tribe to participate in recycling efforts resulting in saving space and extending the life of the landfill. In addition, the modernization of the transfer station will provide the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe efficiencies in managing how the solid waste is handled and disposed of. In addition, it will cut down on drive time for the trucks and most importantly save $5,000 a month in fuels costs.  

“Today is another milestone for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as we celebrate the grand opening of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Transfer Station.,” said Cyril Scott, Tribal President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “I especially thank the contractors and all those who helped in the construction of this great facility. We are now able to better manage the disposal of solid waste while at the same time respecting our precious land and environment.”