Dakotah Roots

SMSC Organics Recycling Facility


Dakotah Roots - SMSC Organics Recycling Facility (ORF)

Welcome to Dakotah Roots. All manner of organic materials are accepted for recycling, saving thousands of tons of organic waste from the landfill each year.  At Dakotah Roots, organic materials are mixed together to create compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment suitable for organic farming, gardening, and landscaping. Residential, commercial, industrial, and community entities are welcome at Dakotah Roots. Compost and compost blends are available for retail and wholesale.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 7am - 7pm (April - November)
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm (December - March)

Closed July 4thClick here for holiday hours

Thanks Neighbors

From the Prior Lake American, Letter to the Editor, 6/11/15

This spring, more than 2,200 of our neighbors from Shakopee, Prior Lake and Savage utilized the free yard waste drop-off program at Dakotah Roots – the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s (SMSC) Organics Recycling Facility (ORF). This number has more than doubled since we began the spring yard waste drop-off program in 2013. On behalf of the ORF, thank you to all those who dropped off their leaves, grass clippings, brush, logs, food waste and other organic material for conversion into usable compost. These organic materials will be processed and converted into compost that in turn will be utilized as a rich soil amendment. Everyone who has taken part in the program has helped reduce greenhouse gases and save thousands of tons of waste from the landfill each year.

The SMSC opened the ORF to reinforce its dedication to the environment, and we could not be happier to see our neighbors sharing that same commitment to green initiatives. The free yard waste drop-off program will return this fall.

Al Friedges
Facility Supervisor
Dakotah Roots

Composting Benefits the Environment in Many Ways

  • Compost adds organic material to depleted soils.
  • Excellent soil amendment for plants to uptake water and nutrients.
  • Composting process kills pathogens and weed seeds.
  • Compost sites eliminate the need to utilize existing landfill space and to locate future landfills.
  • Well-run compost sites help reduce greenhouse gases such as methane, which is approximately 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

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Acceptable Materials

The ORF will take any clean organic material. Items include food wastes from households to large industrial providers including fruits, vegetables, table scraps, and meat and yard wastes such as grass, garden plants, leaves, vines, wood chips, brush, logs, stumps, straw, sod, landscaping soils, and livestock manure.

Unacceptable Materials

The ORF will not accept trash, plastic, rocks, treated, painted or stained wood, metal, glass, and any hazardous materials. Facility managers reserve the right to reject or ban any load or hauler that knowingly brings unacceptable materials to the ORF. We will regularly test incoming material for unseen contaminants such as herbicides and other products that could affect compost quality.

Mulch Now Available

We now have colored mulch available for mulching trees, landscape beds, etc. Available colors include red, gold, brown and dark brown.

See our Products and Rates section for more details!