Prior Lake, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is again opening its compost site to residents of the City of Prior Lake beginning May 8, 2010 and continuing every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Depending on weather and demand, it is expected to remain open through October 2010. In 2009, residents dropped off an average of 30 loads per day at the site.
In a unique collaboration, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community compost site was opened for joint use by residents of neighboring Prior Lake starting in May 2008 at no charge. In exchange the SMSC is able to use the City of Prior Lake’s tree range to grow native trees and shrubs for planting on the reservation. The SMSC also provided approximately 90 yards of compost to the City of Prior Lake at no cost in 2009.
The site accepts leaves, brush, grass clippings, sod, and other yard waste for organic recycling. The site does not accept root wads, tree stumps, and branches larger than eight inches in diameter, building lumber, soil, or compost materials in plastic bags of any type.
Staff from the SMSC and the City of Prior Lake operate the site, which is located just west of the corner of County Road 42 and County Road 83 in Prior Lake.
“We all need a place to put our leaves and since we have the space and the resources to develop this compost site, we thought, ‘Why not open it up to others?’” said SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks. “The native trees and shrubs which we will be able to plant as a result will grow and flourish here on the reservation for many years to come. We fully appreciate the good working relationship we have with the City of Prior Lake.”
Collecting brush and leaves is something the Community has done for years. Only in recent years, though, has the Community become active in the composting process. The Community manages its own greenhouses and landscaping which generate tons of materials suitable for recycling. Grass clippings from The Meadows at Mystic Lake and landscaping materials like annuals from the Community’s Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino), make up a bulk of the materials for composting.
As a steward of the land, the SMSC engages in a number of restoration activities to preserve and protect the land for future generations. For more information, visit www.shakopeedakota.org.
Prior Lake residents should contact City of Prior Lake staff members Danette Parr at (952) 447-9813 or Al Friedges at (952) 447-9892, with any questions. Other questions should be directed to the SMSC Land and Natural Resources Department at 952-496-6153.