Roughly 25-30% of what we throw away is food-soiled paper products and food scraps. In organics recycling programs, waste is recycled into valuable compost used in landscaping and road construction projects.
Scott County is currently working to make organics recycling programs available to more county residents. If curbside collection of organics is not currently offered in your area, you can still reduce waste by composting in your back yard or by bringing your organics to the SMSC organics facility located in Shakopee. Operating hours and acceptable materials are listed below.
For a list of haulers and more waste disposal options, visit the links to the right.
The organics recycling facility will take any clean organic material. These items range from food wastes from households to large industrial providers. This includes fruits, vegetables, table scraps, and meat and yard wastes such as grass, garden plants, leaves, vines, wood chips, brush, logs, stumps, straw, sod, landscaping soils, and livestock manure.
The organics recycling facility will not accept trash, plastic, rocks, treated, painted or stained wood, metal, glass, and any hazardous materials. Facility managers reserve the right to reject or ban any load or hauler that knowingly brings unacceptable materials to the facility. We will regularly test incoming material for unseen contaminants such as herbicides and other products that could affect compost quality.