B & R Stores, the Lincoln grocery chain that owns Super Saver and Russ's Market, is partnering with Prairieland Dairy near Firth to turn tons of organic waste into beneficial compost.
The dairy's business development director, Jacob Hickey, picks up the waste — made up of mostly produce, bakery goods, meat scraps, floral arrangements and cardboard — at six Russ's Market stores in Lincoln on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Hickey then hauls the waste to the dairy's composting operation at 13000 Pella Road in southern Lancaster County, where it is mixed in with cow manure. The organic waste/manure material sits for about eight weeks in windrows. It's then piled up and allowed to "cure" for about a year.