In keeping with the Dakota tradition of conserving and protecting the earth’s natural resources, we recognize the importance of keeping materials in circulation for as long as possible. Recycled-content products mean less mining and logging for virgin materials. By donating or recycling what we can no longer use, we eliminate greenhouse gas emissions at both ends of a product’s life—zero energy-intensive manufacturing from raw materials and zero greenhouse gases in a landfill. To eliminate the waste from disposable dishware in restaurants and delis, the SMSC’s enterprises and government operations have transitioned to 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable items. Since 2017, Mystic Lake and Little Six waste diversion rates have increased by nearly 40%, with rates continuously improving each month.
Learn more about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s environmental projects at shakopeedakota.org.