SF Wants You to Turn Holiday Grease into Fuel

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    Beginning this weekend, San Francisco will be accepting residents' used
    holiday cooking oil at a four-day drop-off event, part of the city's ongoing
    program to turn waste into biofuel.

    Residents will be able to bring the used oil to three Whole Foods
    Market locations in San Francisco -- California and Franklin streets, Rhode
    Island Street in Potrero Hill, and Fourth Street in the South of Market
    district -- as well as the Costco warehouse at 10th and Bryant streets. The
    program is open during business hours today through Tuesday.

    The SFGreasecycle program, run by the San Francisco Public
    Utilities Commission, is an attempt by the city to reduce the amount of oil
    and grease delivered to the sewer system. The collected grease is then turned
    into biodiesel for use in city vehicles.

    The program has already signed up about 20 percent of the city's
    restaurants with a free used oil pickup program, and is hoping to involve
    residents with regular drop-off events, according to the public utilities
    commission.

    Public utilities commission officials estimate used cooking oil
    dumped in sewers costs the city about $3.5 million each year to clean up.

    For more information, visit their Web site.