Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Project Funding

The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to improving and maintaining solid waste disposal and recycling capabilities throughout the state. Grants and low-interest loans, offered through the Board of Water and Natural Resources, are available for these purposes.

Funding Sources
Funding for solid waste disposal and recycling projects is provided primarily through the Solid Waste Management program. Solid waste disposal projects with groundwater protection features can receive loans through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program as a nonpoint source project. Applicants for projects that involve construction of a solid waste disposal cell and are requesting funding of $500,000 or more should expect to receive some portion of funding as a loan from the Clean Water SRF program. Applicants meeting those criteria must satisfy certain requirements associated with the Clean Water SRF program and be included on the State Water Facilities Plan portion of the State Water Plan.

State Water Plan
State Water Facilities Plan applications must be postmarked or received by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources on or before the first day of October. Applications for amendment onto the State Water Facilities Plan are considered on a quarterly basis and must be postmarked or received by the department on or before the first day of February, May and August. A preliminary engineering report must accompany the application.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, counties, cooperatives, municipalities, regional or state-wide planning agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes or special purpose districts that have the authority to construct or operate solid waste, waste tire or recycling facilities.

Projects should address one of the following:

  • Solid Waste Management Hierarchy in descending order of preference as outlined in SDCL 34A-6-1.2.
    • Volume reduction at the source;
    • Recycling and reuse;
    • Use for energy production;
    • Disposal in landfill or combustion for volume reduction;
  • Potential cost savings, public health, or environmental benefits in solid waste management.

Application Deadlines and Award Dates
Applications must be postmarked or received by the department on or before the first day of January, April, July or October. The department will notify applicants of the date for the Board of Water and Natural Resources meeting at which applications will be considered by the board. Board meeting dates are available on the SD Boards and Commissions website.

Interest Rates and Terms
The board sets interest rates for the program and makes adjustments to the rates on an as-needed basis. By Administrative Rule, it is required that to amend the interest rates they must be included as part of the posted board meeting agenda. Borrowers meeting the criteria of a disadvantaged community may be eligible for reduced interest rates and a term up to 30 years. Municipalities, intermunicipal and interstate agencies may be eligibile for extended term financing for 21-30 years.

Solid Waste Management Program Applications
Applications must be completed fully and meet minimum program requirements before being presented to the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

Applications are available by downloading a copy of the application form.

For your convenience, the application includes a checklist of the items that must be included in the application.

Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations concerning the Solid Waste Management Program may be found in the Administrative Rules of South Dakota 74:05:10.

Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Environmental Funding Program
523 East Capitol
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

E-mail: Tina McFarling
Phone: (605) 773-4216