I ride the bus to work every day. I can't say I always pay attention to the advertisements on the side of the bus...but there was one this morning that caught my attention.
The bus was decked out entirely with information all about a program from the city of San Francisco. It's called SFGreasecycle. The program is being run by the SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). It encourages San Franciscans to save their cooking oil to turn it into biodiesel! Not only that, they're already collecting used cooking oil from participating restaurants to power city fleet cars, helping to meet Mayor Gavin Newsom's directive requiring that all fleet vehicles be fueled by B20 biodiesel.
According to SFGreasecycle, over $3.5 million is spent every year unclogging San Francisco sewers of solidified cooking oil. But thanks to the SFPUC, there is now a Commercial Waste Oil Transfer Station in San Francisco to handle all of the waste vegetable oil from restaurants and residents. It's a great upcycling initiative.
When it comes to the residential portion of the program, the bus advertisements (and the website) show how easy collection can be. All you have to do is let your oil cool down, pour the excess amount into a jar, wipe off your pan with a paper towel, and throw the towel into your green compost bin! For those of you in San Francisco, the next drop off event is November 28th through the 30th at Whole Foods and Costco.
Bsides its main objectives of keeping the sewers cleaner, providing the city with an easy disposal option, and helping the city become energy independent, the program is bringing cleantech jobs and training to Bay View-Hunters Point.
Kudos to San Francisco.
Edited by stins - Tue, 14 Oct 2008 22:45:47 GMT