Scott County residents can now sign up for a new, free program to drop food waste for composting at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Organic Recycling Facility.

The program is supported by a $ 25,000 grant provided by Scott County.

“Our tribe strives to be good stewards of the earth, and recycling organic matter is an effective way to reduce the amount of waste that goes to local landfills,” said Keith Anderson, chairman of SMSC. “We appreciate Scott County’s support for this program, which will help more residents compost and help the environment.”

To participate, Scott County residents can register at or locally at the tribe’s Organics Recycling Facility at 1905 Mystic Lake Drive South in Shakopee.

Participants will then receive a welcome kit with a compost bin and instructions.

You can then drop off your food waste at a special drop-off point in the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility during regular business hours.

Compostable materials include leftover food, coffee grounds, egg shells and egg cartons, napkins and paper towels, and cups and bags with labels showing that they are BPI certified compostable.

These materials are then converted into nutrient-rich, natural fertilizers for gardening, farming, landscaping, and more.

The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility prevents an average of 70,000 tons of organic waste from ending up in landfills every year.

It is one of the few large composting plants in the metropolitan area that processes source-separated organic matter in the subway area.

Facilities like the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility are needed to meet the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s 75% recycling target by December 31, 2030, and to recycle at least 616,000 tons of organic matter by 2030.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a nationally recognized, sovereign tribal government of Dakota, located southwest of Minneapolis / St. Paul. Following a Dakota tradition of generosity, the SMSC is one of Minnesota’s finest philanthropists and makes the greatest contribution to other tribal governments and causes across the country.

It is a strong partner in the community and a leader in the protection and restoration of natural resources.

The SMSC government, Gaming Enterprise, and various other companies collectively make up Scott County’s largest employer, drawing millions of visitors to the area.