Neighbors invited to drop off yard waste for free at SMSC Organics Recycling Facility

March 21st, 2016

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) is inviting Savage, Prior Lake, Shakopee, and Scott County residents to drop off their yard waste for free. Spring drop-off dates include every Saturday in April and May from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since the inception of the free yard waste drop-off program in 2013, more than 10,000 residents have participated in the ORF’s spring and fall events. In 2015 alone, the ORF received 20,826 tons of yard waste from residents, cities, counties, and commercial customers. The ORF recycles this waste and turns it into nutrient-rich soil amendments suitable for organic farming, gardening, and landscaping.

The Organics Recycling Facility is located at 1905 Mystic Lake Drive South in Shakopee. For more information, call 952-403-7030 or visit

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

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