As local composting efforts capture more and more organic material, the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility is nearing capacity.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is considering relocating our Organics Recycling Facility to an industrial location near the intersection of highways 169 and 41 in Louisville Township. The tribe has begun the permitting process with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

This new facility is several steps away from moving forward. If the relocation plan proceeds, the new facility would incorporate the latest modern technology and processes to control odors and increase efficiency.


Why does the tribe want to relocate the ORF?

The tribe has been searching for a new location for its SMSC Organics Recycling Facility, which is currently operating at capacity. This is an opportunity to potentially build a new facility with the latest technology in an industrial location.

What permitting steps are required?

The SMSC is required to seek permits from several other government entities before it would relocate the facility to this site. These permits include a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Preliminary Plat with Scott County, a Source Separated Organic Material Permit (SSOM) with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and a Voluntary Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

How long will it take to get through the permitting process? When would you start building, if approved?

The permitting process may take up to a year. If approved, we anticipate starting construction in spring of 2022 with the goal of being fully operational by the end of 2022.

What would the new facility look like? How would it be different than what is on the current site?

After several years of research and site visits across the country, the new facility would include the latest, state-of-the-art technology and processes to control odors and increase efficiency. The new facility would collect and recycle commercial organics, as well as sell industry and commercial wholesale products like the existing facility in Shakopee.

How much more food waste would be you able to compost at the new facility?

The new facility would have the capacity to compost two to three times as much food waste as the previous facility. This would help contribute to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s statewide goal of increasing recycling to 75% by December 31, 2030, and recycling a minimum of 616,000 tons of organics by 2030.

Will the project affect traffic near the site?

If we move forward with the relocation, we plan to make improvements to the Highway 41 intersection. These improvements will include the addition of turn lanes on Highway 41.

What would you use the existing facility for?

After the new facility is operational, the existing site would be used to sell residential and commercial products like colored mulch and compost. No active composting would be done at the existing facility in Shakopee. We would only sell finished products.

Would local residents still be able to bring yard waste to the existing facility?

The existing site in Shakopee will not accept residential yard waste drop off - with the exception of select drop off events - with our City and County partners.