Why We are Concluding the Program
SFGreasecycle was developed in 2007 with the intention of diverting Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from our sewer infrastructure and helping residents and restaurants with a simple and cost-effective way to dispose of their used cooking oil. The private sector has matured and is now servicing San Francisco restaurants. With the closing of the commercial program of SFGreasecycle, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has decided to also end the residential program. We will now focus on educating San Francisco residents on how to properly collect and dispose of their used cooking oil.
Before the enactment of FOG control programs by the SFPUC, it was estimated that FOG related blockages cost San Francisco millions a year in maintenance and repair. As a result of public outreach, the education of businesses and residents, and the participation of residents like you, the annual number of grease related sewer issues dropped significantly.
The residential program of SFGreasecycle:
- Collected over 49,000 (49,853) gallons of used cooking oil from residents!
- Reduced 745,123 lbs. of CO2 emissions through production of biodiesel from oil collected from residents!
What Should You Do Now?
Used cooking oil doesn’t belong down the drain and there are many options you can take to properly dispose of used cooking oil:
- Absorb with paper towels and place in green compost bin
- Collect and reuse it (first, strain out the food scraps)
- If you have a large amount, you can contact Recology to see if they are able to accept it (330-1400).
Watch this video to see what happens when used cooking oil makes its way down the drain!