A Natural Approach to Waste Management
The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility reflects the Dakota tradition of caring for the earth by recycling organic waste into useful materials. The facility uses natural processes to break down organic material from food scraps, stumps, and yard trimmings to produce compost and compost blends for retail and wholesale purchase.
Several local municipalities, including the cities of Prior Lake, Savage, Shakopee, and Prior Lake-Savage schools, dispose of their waste sustainably at the current SMSC Organics Recycling Facility. The public is welcome to use the facility year-round, and two times each year, the facility accepts yard waste for free from Scott County residents.
In June 2023, the SMSC broke ground on a new site for the Organics Recycling Facility. This new location is in Louisville Township, near the intersection of highways 169 and 41. The new facility, Dakota Prairie Composting, is expected to be fully operational by summer 2023.
The Benefits of Compost and Mulch
While minimizing waste is a significant benefit of composting, compost and mulch products also improve soil structure, increase nutrient content, and work to ward off plant disease. Fertile soil has far greater moisture retention, allowing gardeners, landscapers and business owners to use less water.
The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility has 144 solar panels on the roof to generate electricity for use at the site.
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SMSC Organics Recycling Facility
1905 Mystic Lake Drive
Shakopee, MN 55379