Recycling in the City Isn't Always Easy

Here's a green challenge for you

Here's an "only in San Francisco" story when it comes to the city's effort to do all things green no matter how disgusting.

As far as we can tell the city is the first in the Bay Area to offer year-round cooking oil drop off locations.

Yep, 52 weeks a year you can bring your used oil to certain specially-designed receptacles and dump it. The used goop will be converted into bio-fuel.

For the past two years, the city has been collecting used cooking oil from restaurants at no cost. More than 600 businesses take part. They have donated a whopping 200,000 gallons of oil so far.

Residents were also asked to give around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which added another 1,200 gallons. Those donations are what prompted the decision to establish permanent locations.

"The overwhelming success of our SFGreasecycle restaurant program and our temporary holiday drop-off locations prove that, when given new  opportunities, our residents and businesses become active partners in our  fight against climate change and blocked sewers," SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington said in a prepared statement.

If you want to do this here are the instructions on how to present your donation:  Residents who want to participate in the program should cool down the used cooking oil in a pan, pour it into a clean, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid, and make sure it is free of water, soapsuds and food scraps.

Sounds like only the truly dedicated need only to read any further. 

San Francisco residents will be able to drop off the used oil every Friday at any Whole Foods store in the City. Also, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center and Dogpatch Biofuels in Potrero Hill  will collect the used cooking oil year-round.

The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center is  located at 755 Frederick St. and is open Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Dogpatch Biofuels is located at 765 Pennsylvania Ave. and is open Tuesday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Whole Foods stores in the city are available for drop-offs between  11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on different Fridays each month.

On the first Friday of each month, the store at 1765 California  St. will accept the oils, while a new store in Noe Valley will accept the oils on the second Friday of the month.

The store at 399 Fourth St. will accept the oils on the third Friday of each month, while the store at 450 Rhode Island St. will accept them on the fourth Friday of the month.

For more information about the program, visit or call 415-695-7366.

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