Our why

The EPA estimates that Americans discard over 63.1 million tons of food waste each year and over 22% of landfill waste is organic material. This is environmentally problematic because when landfilled organic material breaks down it produces methane due to the lack of oxygen inherent to landfills. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas which significantly contributes to climate change.

Furthermore, when organic material is unnecessarily discarded, the nutrients from the material never return back to the soil where they belong. This is one of the reasons why soil around the world is becoming increasingly nutrient deficient which directly impacts the nutritional value of our food. 

However, when organic material is properly composted, it doesn’t simply neutralize its environmental impact, it enhances it. Amending soil with compost re-builds the nutrient profile, which results in healthier and more nutritious foods. These healthier foods can also better resist disease, withstand harsher climates, and thus reduce the need for excess fertilizers and herbicides. This is why Better Roots Composting is determined to shift the paradigm and make composting standard practice, in order to preserve our land and our health.

Join us in making Helena a more sustainable place

Meet The Team

Project Manager

Chance Sparrow

Born and raised in Montana. Chance grew up working for his family’s business Tri County Disposal. Given this firsthand experience, Chance knows just how much waste is generated by our community and recognizes the value in reducing our waste footprint. He knows we can't completely eliminate waste but we can all do small things each day to become more sustainable.

Chance has degree in Civil Engineering from Montana Tech and enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing with his Australian Sheppard named Annie Oakley.

Head of Marketing

Brooke Jenkinson

Brooke is a previous high school art teacher who recently left teaching in order to pursue her passion for sustainability more formally. Her interest in living sustainably stems from her deep admiration for the outdoors and desire to preserve our natural landscapes.

When Brooke's not working hard for Better Roots she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, biking, traveling and making pottery.