The city of San Francisco announced a program which marks a move towards all city vehicles running purely on biodiesel
The key? Free pickup of the main ingredients from local restaurants: oil and grease
Today the city launches SFGreasecycle, a free program in which the city will pick up used cooking oil and grease from local restaurants, hotels and other commercial food preparation establishments. Those substances then will be turned into biodiesel, a fuel made of plant oil that burns cleaner than petroleum-based fuels.
Although several other localities around the nation have begun limited programs to collect cooking grease for biodiesel, San Francisco officials believe theirs will be the largest such effort.
This complements Mayor Gavin Newsom’s ‘B20′ initiative, which mandated that all city vehicles run on a 20% biodiesel mix by the end of 2007.
What will it take to make SFGreasecycle a success?
Local restaurants complying with the city
The creation of a local biodiesel production plant
Initial success, which would create momentum
Let’s watch this closely.
This is the biggest such program to date, which means that other cities are certain to gauge interest by success.
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S.F. program recycles restaurants’ cooking oil for use as fuel