The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), a federally recognized Indian tribe, opened the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) in the fall of 2011. The ORF is part of our Dakota tradition of caring for the earth.
We take what may have been tossed in a landfill and instead create high-quality compost, compost blends, colored mulch, and more for whatever project you’re working on. We also specialize in processing wood to be used as renewable fuel at Koda Energy, a joint energy initiative between the SMSC and Rahr Malting in Shakopee.
Good Steward of the Earth
Here at the SMSC, our enterprises create a complete, sustainable cycle for waste. The ORF recycles and repurposes organic waste from our natural food market, Mazopiya, and our Property Services Department. The end-product naturally fertilizes our lands and our organic farm, Wozupi Tribal Gardens. Any leftover produce then makes its way back to the ORF for processing. Further exhibiting our commitment to environmental stewardship, 144 solar panels on the roof of the ORF generate electricity for the site.
Through the ORF, we also help our neighbors. We accept yard waste at no charge from several local municipalities, including the cities of Prior Lake, Savage, and Shakopee. Other hauling companies and local municipalities bring their organic materials to the ORF, saving money, drive time, and the environment.