Sunday, November 25, 2007

San Francisco Turns Waste Into Biofuels

Move over Rice-a-Roni, there's a new treat in town.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom launched an innovative solution to collect fats, oil and grease (FOG) free of charge from City restaurants and turn them into biofuel for City-owned vehicles.

The program---SFGreasecycle--is a new effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and curb the growing number of clogged sewers plaguing City residents and businesses.

"San Francisco’s entrepreneurial and environmental spirit is once again front and center with our innovative biodiesel creation program," said Mayor Newsom. "Our program will serve as a model for cities throughout the world who aim to transform their grease waste into useable, sustainable energy."

The city estimates that for every 5 gallons of grease collected and kept out of the sewers, it will displace 5 gallons of petroleum diesel and that is a net 100 pound reduction in carbon emission.

Recycled FOG from San Francisco restaurants is estimated to generate 1.5 million gallons of biofuel each year. 59 restaurants have already signed up for the SFGreasecycle program before its launch with more expressing interest every day.

More information about the program is available online at

Source: City of San Francisco

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