Stater Bros., a Southern California grocery chain, has partnered with Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc., to turn organic waste into compost that can be sold to area farmers.

All 166 store locations will load outgoing delivery trucks with pallets of produce trim and cull, waxed cardboard, wooden crates and paper, which will be transported to company headquarters. The recyclable material will then be loaded into a 21-ton compactor and picked up daily by Community Recycling’s composting facility.

Stater Bros. estimates the new composting program will eliminate 20,000 tons from landfills each year, which translates to more than 1,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The company’s Green Team will also review, select and implement business practices that promote long-term company, community and environmental well-being. Current store programs include recycling of plastic bags and cardboard, printing weekly ads on recycled paper and participating in California’s voluntary Demand Response Program to reduce stores’ energy consumption when demand is high.