Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Organics Recycling Facility

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Organic material is the main ingredient of compost. Combining organic material—including food waste, yard waste, cardboard, and paper—with the correct amounts of carbon, nitrogen, water and oxygen provides an ideal environment for microorganisms to efficiently break it down into compost. These microbes cannot break down inorganic material, and this is the reason why the ORF only accepts organic material to make compost.

Refining a Natural Process

Composting is a biological process. Microorganisms convert organic materials into a soil-like material called compost. This process occurs in nature, but we make it more efficient for faster, more beneficial decomposition.

  1. You drop off organic waste at our facility or we come to you with our mobile wood grinder.
  2. Our team weighs and inspects the incoming material, and then grinds and mixes it using a “recipe.”
  3. The material is then incorporated into windrows on an asphalt pad. After the material is tested, it is incorporated into larger rows.
  4. A machine mixes the material regularly for up to three months. Our team also routinely records oxygen, temperature and moisture.
  5. During this process, microorganisms produce heat, which drives away moisture and snuffs out pathogens and weed seeds.
  6. Lastly, trash becomes treasure. Our Dakotah Roots products are ready for landscaping, farming, gardening and more.

Organics Recycling Benefits the Environment

  • Compost adds organic material to depleted soils.
  • Excellent soil amendment for plants to boost water absorption and nutrients.
  • Composting process kills pathogens and weed seeds.
  • We recycle waste that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
  • We reduce the release of greenhouse gases, such as methane, which is approximately 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.