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November 28, 2007

San Francisco Program Turns Waste Grease into Biodiesel Fuel

Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday leftovers include tons of turkey, and for those deep-fried turkey fans, gallons and gallons of cooking oil. And while nobody is going to help you get rid of your turkey leftovers, the City of San Francisco offered to take all that used cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel. The city launched "SFGreasecycle" on November 20th, establishing the nation's first city-wide effort to collect fats, oils, and grease from city restaurants. The city then filters and decants the oily mess, sending the clean oil to a facility that will convert it into biodiesel fuel. The city has already signed up 59 restaurants and is expecting to generate about 1.5 million gallons of biodiesel from the effort. For city residents, the program also accepted drop-offs of used oil for a few days after Thanksgiving. Residents can also take their used oil and greases to neighborhood drop-off centers, and the program Web site hints at future "neighborhood SFGreasecycle collection events." Now there's an event we wouldn't want to miss! See the press release from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and for more information, see the SFGreasecycle Web site.