Sustainability

B&R Stores, Inc., is  dedicated to helping people achieve a high quality of life, and we believe being  good stewards of our surroundings and fostering a healthy environment is an  important part of this mission. Take a look at the list below to see what we’re  doing at Russ’s Market to make our stores and the world around us more earth-friendly.

Store Construction

  • LED lighting is used in exterior and exit signage  and in refrigerated door cases wherever possible.
  • New light fixtures with energy-efficient ballasts  and lamps are being utilized in all remodeled stores.
  • Upgraded high-efficiency refrigeration and HVAC  equipment is in place in most locations.
  • Extra insulation is added with every new roof  installation.
  • Heat reclaim systems are used in the majority of  stores to heat water and inside air.

In-Store  Services

  • Recycling bins for plastic bags are available to  employees and customers.
  • Reusable bags are offered for purchase (customers  receive a discount on their grocery bill each time they reuse the bag).
  • City-sponsored recycling centers are provided at  three Lincoln locations (33rd and Highway  2, Coddington and West A, and 63rd and Havelock).
  • We’re a proud participant of the Real. Local. campaign  that promotes sustainable agriculture from local farmers.

Programs

  • We practice storewide recycling of all cardboard  and paper products.
  • Our stores participate in the FoodNet program  (picks up culled produce and products and redistributes them to food pantries  throughout Nebraska).
  • A variety of partnerships formed with local farmers  provide culled produce for livestock feed and/or composting.
  • Bakery and delicatessen grease is reconstituted as  biodiesel fuel.
  • We continually evaluate how we can be better  stewards of the environment by reducing landfill waste and energy consumption.
  • Our weekly newspaper insert is printed using  environmentally friendly methods