The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), a federally recognized Native American tribe, opened the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility in the fall of 2011. The facility is part of the SMSC’s 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.

Good Neighbors


Through the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility, the SMSC also helps its neighbors. The facility accepts yard waste 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 SMSC Organics Recycling Facility, saving money, drive time, and the environment.


The SMSC enterprises create a complete, sustainable cycle for waste. The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility recycles and repurposes organic waste from the SMSC’s natural food market, Mazopiya, and the SMSC’s Property Services Department. The end-product naturally fertilizes the SMSC’s lands and organic farm, Wozupi Tribal Gardens. Any leftover produce then makes its way back to the facility for processing.

Good Stewards of the Earth


Dakota people have lived in the Minnesota River Valley for hundreds of years. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community intends to protect and preserve the area for generations to come. The SMSC makes it a priority to plan seven generations ahead, and the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility is one of the many ways the SMSC works to accomplish this goal of being a good steward of the earth.



Caring for Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth, is at the heart of what the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) strives to do. Whether it is restoring prairies, forests, wetlands, protecting our aquifers, or encouraging native plants, animals, and insects to make our lands their home, the tribe employs multiple land stewardship programs to help fulfill this mission of being a good steward of the earth. Learn how the SMSC’s NativeGreen initiative promotes a greener, more sustainable planet for all through conservation, sustainability and self-sufficiency.