Turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost
Welcome to Alternative Root
Alternative Root, or AltRoot, provides a better way to manage organic waste. We divert municipal organic waste from landfills and quickly turn it into nutrient-rich, environmentally friendly compost. We then provide that compost to local farmers, who apply it to their fields as a natural fertilizer.
Our process comes with many benefits, including
reduced landfill requirements
reduced methane emissions
better, more nutritious crops
AltRoot uses covered aerated static pile (CASP) composting technology to turn organic waste into stable compost in as little as six weeks. We then cure it for many months, increasing microbial populations and its efficacy as a soil amendment.
Affiliations and Memberships
AltRoot is a proud member of the Recycling Council of Alberta and the Compost Council of Canada, which provide Codes of Conduct for their members. Through these organizations, we advocate for professional, science-based best practices in recycling and composting.
AltRoot has benefited from research and trials done through Gateway Research Organization. Based out of Westlock, AB, Gateway Research is a non-profit, applied-research association run by and for farmers. It provides cost-effective agricultural research, demonstrations and extension for producers to facilitate greater returns to farms by providing economically and scientifically sound information, enabling farmers to make informed decisions. As the GRO says, it makes mistakes so that farmers don’t have to.
AltRoot is a member of The Association of Alberta Coordinated Action for Recycling Enterprises (Alberta CARE), a non-profit enterprise established in 2010 to support recycling and waste management activities at the community level in Alberta.