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    San Fransisco Starts The Nation's First Citywide Program That Collects Waste Grease to Create Biofuel for Municipal Fleet

    SFGreasecycle is a program that was developed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) as a sustainable alternative to combat sewer blockages caused in part by excess cooking oils and fats discharged down drains from restaurants and homes. Each year, the SFPUC estimates that 50% of sewer emergency calls are related to backups caused by grease blockages costing their ratepayers $3.5 million a year in repairs.

    "We’re taking a serious City problem and using the best available technology to save our ratepayers’ money and do something good for the environment," said SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal. "For every 5 gallons of grease we collect and keep out of our sewers, we displace 5 gallons of petroleum diesel. That is a net 100 pound reduction in carbon emission."
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    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.
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    Mayor Newsom and the SFPUC also announced that this Thanksgiving, residents can drop-off their holiday waste cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel for the City fleet at Costco, located at 450 10th Street. The Costco drop-off location will be open from November 23-26 during their normal operating hours of Friday, 9-8:30pm; Saturday, 9:30-7:00pm; Sunday, 10-6pm; and Monday, 11-8:30pm.

    For more information or to sign up for the SFPUC’s free restaurant waste oil collection service, please call (415) 695-7366 or visit sfgreasecycle.org.

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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Yup. I saw that a few weeks ago in the paper here. I didn't know you could recycle all of that stuff.

    But hey, the City has a reputation for recycling, having one of the first recycling programs in the country. The City is very well regarded around the world. This comes as no surprise.

    Plus we instituted the first ban on plastic bags at grocery stores a few weeks ago.

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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by mgescuro View Post
    Yup. I saw that a few weeks ago in the paper here. I didn't know you could recycle all of that stuff.

    But hey, the City has a reputation for recycling, having one of the first recycling programs in the country. The City is very well regarded around the world. This comes as no surprise.

    Plus we instituted the first ban on plastic bags at grocery stores a few weeks ago.
    no paper or plastic question anymore?

    Cool!

    I know most if not all public buses in Ann Arbor are hybrids that run on biofuels, so they're doing their part in 'da midwest' too

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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by CobaltSScrazy View Post
    no paper or plastic question anymore?

    Cool!
    Nope. Simply Paper.
    And some of the restaurants out there no longer use plastic utensils or plates or cups. They're made out of paper or corn. So it's all biodegradable.
    I just noticed that because I just got lunch, and the fork is biodegradable.. and the napkin uses recycled paper. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by CobaltSScrazy View Post
    I know most if not all public buses in Ann Arbor are hybrids that run on biofuels, so they're doing their part in 'da midwest' too
    Oh we got that too. Daimler hybrids, not GM though. But hybrid is a hybrid.

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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by mgescuro View Post
    Nope. Simply Paper.
    And some of the restaurants out there no longer use plastic utensils or plates or cups. They're made out of paper or corn. So it's all biodegradable.
    I just noticed that because I just got lunch, and the fork is biodegradable.. and the napkin uses recycled paper. LOL
    That's awesome. It probably wouldn't be a tasty treat or anything, but if your fork is made out of corn, could you eat it too?
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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by skylark68 View Post
    That's awesome. It probably wouldn't be a tasty treat or anything, but if your fork is made out of corn, could you eat it too?
    Not that I know of. I doubt it's edible though.


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    Re: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    There's a company in my hometown that will pay $.50 a gallon for used cooking oil from restaurants of all types. Of course anyone can give them used oil but you can only get paid for large (drum sized) batches. They have a truck that makes the rounds of all the local restaurants and you can buy biodiesel from them for $3.50 a gallon.

    http://www.bentlybiofuels.com

    It's almost hard to believe that 5 years ago everyone had to pay to get rid of the stuff.

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    Re: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    It is quite amazing what the politicians can think of to control the behaviour of simpletons while they ride to work in their chaufered stretch limos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecon View Post
    It is quite amazing what the politicians can think of to control the behaviour of simpletons while they ride to work in their chaufered stretch limos.
    At least the limos are flex fuel.

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    Nice. Our CATA bus system in East Lansing has a few 60 foot hybrid partitioned buses, along with a few 39 foot hybrid-electric busses. All of which are made by New Flyer which purchases the GM Hybrid transmission system. However, the majority of CATA buses are still normal diesel power-trains, but are low-emission vehicles.
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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by mgescuro View Post
    Yup. I saw that a few weeks ago in the paper here. I didn't know you could recycle all of that stuff.

    But hey, the City has a reputation for recycling, having one of the first recycling programs in the country. The City is very well regarded around the world. This comes as no surprise.

    Plus we instituted the first ban on plastic bags at grocery stores a few weeks ago.
    Apparently that ban affected stores in most of Norcal, becuase every grocery I've been to seems to offer incentives for using reusable bags.

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    Re: Hey Mgescuro: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by Xenon View Post
    Apparently that ban affected stores in most of Norcal, becuase every grocery I've been to seems to offer incentives for using reusable bags.
    It certainly is a good thing!!! Even Macy's is offering reusable bags too. Buy them for $2 each... $1 goes to protecting the environment or whatever the sign said.

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    Buying bags??? Paper bags only??? I am glad Michigan doesn't buy into this crap.

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    Re: Don't throw out that turkey grease!

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitesky View Post
    Buying bags??? Paper bags only??? I am glad Michigan doesn't buy into this crap.

    That's true! Why help save the environment? I would buy a bag for $2 and reuse it.
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    Thats smart, getting two birds with one stone. Hopefully other cities might do the same thing.
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