Solid Waste 

About Solid Waste 

The  Solid  Waste  Division exists  to provide residential solid waste pickup for the City residents and to keep our community clean and free of debris. The Watertown Regional Landfill provides environmentally  safe and cost effective  solid waste disposal for the City of Watertown, SD and surrounding area.  The Landfill is a Regional Sub‐title D Solid Waste Facility. By promoting  the  reuse  of  materials  such  as  yard waste/composting, tree and untreated wood chipping and recycling of metals, plastics, cardboard and paper products maximizes landfill use  by  minimizing  solid  waste  generated.

Landfill Disposal Procedure

Click on the steps below to learn more about each part of the disposal procedure.

  1. 1 ) ENTRY
  3. 3 ) PAYMENT

You will be asked to identify the contents of your load so you can be directed to the correct site(s) for disposal. Drop boxes are available near the scale so small loads can be disposed of without requiring the customer to drive into the disposal cell.

Load Requirements

All incoming loads must be adequately covered regardless of content to prevent any scattering of waste. The tipping fee rate for loads not adequately covered is doubled. Tipping fees may be paid using cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard. Customers that want to charge fees must first contact the Finance Department at (605) 882-6200 ext. 3513 to set up a charge account.

Load Inspections

All loads entering the landfill are subject to inspections to screen out prohibited materials. Individuals who dump any prohibited materials in the landfill are subject to fines, penalties, and removal or cleanup costs associated with the incident. 

Accepted and Not Acceptable Materials

Review the following materials below to know what is acceptable or to dispose of at the Watertown Regional Landfill.

Not Acceptable:

  • Liquids
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Tires
  • Waste oil

Curbside Collection

An automated truck empties all of the containers so lids should be closed and the handle must face towards the house. Obstacles in the way will not allow the arm to reach the container for dumping. Do not place the container close to any obstructions such as vehicles, mailboxes, or another container.

Residents must place all contents in the container. Do not overfill, pack your container or leave on the ground around the container. Workers will only collect garbage in the container. The City recommends garbage be placed in sealed plastic bags to reduce odors, litter and keep insects away.

Residents should place their containers out the night before their collection day to avoid being missed. Collection routes begin at 5 a.m. and, although trucks usually come at a similar time each week, there is no set time when they will cover a certain area of town. Trucks are not rerouted to pick up containers set out late. Ordinance 11:0404 – b.4. states: All solid waste material containers placed on the alley or boulevard shall be removed on the same day of collection.


The blue and tan 95-gallon containers are the property of the City of Watertown and must remain at the address that receives them. If you move, do not take the containers with you. Garbage containers are picked up weekly and recycling containers are picked up bi-weekly. To find out which week your recycling is picked up, then please review the Refuse & Recycling manual.

The green 95-gallon yard waste containers are the property of the resident that purchases them. If you move, you may take the green yard waste container with you. Do not take the blue refuse or tan recycling container with you. There is no additional charge on your utility bill for yard waste collection. 

Yard Waste

Yard waste is collected in the green 95-gallon containers by an automated side-loading truck. Yard waste containers are picked up weekly on the same day as your garbage collection during yard waste season. Dates typically begin in early April and typically end in late November. These dates are announced in the local media. To find out which week your yard waste is picked up, then please review the Refuse & Recycling manual.

 To Purchase a Container:  

  • Call the Watertown Regional Landfill at (605) 882-6219 or the Finance office (605) 882-6203 to pay with credit/debit card over the phone. Containers will be delivered approximately one week after payment. 
  • Visit the Landfill or the Finance office at City Hall to pay with cash, check, or credit/debit card. You may pick up the container at the Landfill or have it scheduled to be delivered to your residence. 
  • Complete an online webform to request a new container(s). Click here to complete the request form. 

Residents are allowed to purchase more than one container. There is no additional charge on your utility bill for yard waste collection. 

ONLY grass clippings, leaves, and garden vegetation are placed in the green 95-gallon container. NO branches, bushes, or wood are allowed in yard waste containers. Those materials DO NOT compost well.


If a holiday occurs or is observed on your collection day, we will not collect your garbage, yard waste, or recycling material on that day. On a Monday holiday, your materials will be collected on Friday of the previous week. On a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday holiday, your materials will be collected on Friday of the same week.

HolidayDateNew Collection Date
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2024Friday, December 29, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2024Friday, January 12, 2024
President's DayMonday, February 12, 2024Friday, February 16, 2024
Memorial DayMonday, May 27, 2024Friday, May 24, 2024
JuneteenthWednesday, June 19, 2024Friday, June 21, 2024
Independence DayThursday, July 4, 2024Friday, July 5, 2024
Labor DayMonday, September 2, 2024Friday, August 30, 2024
Native American DayMonday, October 14, 2024Friday, October 11, 2024
Veteran's DayMonday, November 11, 2024Friday, November 8, 2024
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28, 2024Friday, November 29, 2024
Christmas EveTuesday, December 24, 2024N/A
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25, 2024Friday, December 27, 2024


Compost is a specialty fertilizer used to improve the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil to which it is applied. Due to the homeowners use of pesticides and herbicides, small amounts of these products may be present in the compost. The City makes no expressed or implied claims for this product other than what is contained in the label. Compost is available at the Watertown Regional Landfill to the public for personal use. Each Watertown resident may receive up to 2 tons (4,000 lbs.) per year at no charge by showing a utility bill stub for their current residence. There is a charge of $20 per ton for additional material or if a utility bill is not presented. Non-residents may purchase compost at a cost of $20 per ton.