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Ecomaniacs is non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth and adults through education and a call to action to participate in an environmentally responsible community
An estimated 80% of residential trash is recyclable but we are recycling less than 30% regionally! Ecomaniacs is dedicated to increasing this rate. Across the nation, recycling has been increased through the implementation of Single Stream method of collection, but no recycling program succeeds without continuous and effective education efforts.
We address this problem with our yearly Summer Event Program, showing good recycling habits and litter prevention to around 660,000 event goers per year in the Sioux Falls region. Ecomaniacs volunteers visibly pick up litter and interact with event goers to mitigate the litter issues and increase recycling rates at these events to an average of 32% total waste. When people see trash on the ground daily, they become blind to it, and people are less likely to recycle correctly if they aren’t sure how or why.
But we can’t do this without you.
Join us in spreading recycling awareness to the Sioux Falls area!
All groups and individuals are welcome to volunteer! If you are a verified Non-Profit, you can even raise money!
When you sign up for volunteer updates, you’ll receive emails with details about upcoming events and open volunteer shifts.
May 13 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
June 1-4* RibFest
June 23-24* 605 Summer Classic
July 8* Hot Harley Nights
Jul 12* Hot Summer Nites (DTSF)
July 13-16* JazzFest
Aug 4-13* Sioux Empire Fair
Aug 5* Outdoor University
Aug 19* Riverfest (DTSF)
Sept 1-4* LifeLight: City Fest
Sept 16* That Sounds Decent
Oct 28* Sioux Falls Zombie Walk
(Tentative Dates*. Shifts will be announced soon so stay tuned!)
When people see trash on the ground daily, they become blind to it and are less likely to recycle correctly if they aren’t sure how or why. To mitigate this issue, we’ve teamed up with big summer events in the Sioux Falls area to provide litter cleanup and demonstrate good recycling habits. Ecomaniacs and its sponsors can be seen at many of the Sioux Falls area summer events teaching the community about recycling and litter prevention. We invite volunteers to join us in cleaning up these events, and based on their work, a donation is made to a non-profit of their choice. Not only does this offer an incentive for people to learn about recycling and litter prevention, this also helps our mission by supporting other community organizations. Please help us continue this large-scale community involvement program.
Our community’s children are our community’s future. We work to educate our youth on environmental topics that go beyond the mandated curriculum standards. The Ecomaniacs School Curriculum Project provides kits to classrooms free of charge that match and support the required standards in schools. This valuable educational kit provides hands-on learning with curriculum, activities and handouts that have been specifically designed for different age groups. This education would not exist if it weren’t for the Ecomaniacs. We need your help to keep these kits available, free of charge, to teachers and youth leaders in our community.
Developing our recycling education curriculum and getting it into our schools has an exponential effect on our community’s recycling participation. Every dollar you donate to Ecomaniacs’ Recycling Education Fund helps us reach more kids and families. Our program takes education a step further by placing youth and their parents out into the community picking up litter and teaching local event goers how to recycle face-to-face. The best way to reduce the impact our trash has on our future is to teach people to dispose of their waste responsibly, and we need your help to do it.