In 2007, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched SFGreasecycle, a program for restaurants and food service businesses to recycle their used cooking oil. It's been a cost-effective alternative to pouring oil down the floor drain, since backed-up pipes cost money and time. The program's kudos list details participating businesses, including Alembic, Farmerbrown, Gordon Biersch, and several King of Thai Noodle Houses. City officials have collected more than 20,000 gallons of used cooking oil since the program began. They decided to extend the program to residents after holiday residential collection events last year.
How to process your goo before heading out to the collection location? First, cool the oil in a pan. Pour it into a clean, nonbreakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid - one free of all water, soap suds, and food scraps. The take it to one of the following drop-off points:
• Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center 755
Frederick (at Arguello). Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.
• Dogpatch Biofuels 765 Pennsylvania (at 22nd St.) Tue.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• The city's Whole Foods stores accept drop-offs between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on different Fridays. On the first Friday of each month, head to the Whole Foods at 1765 California (at Franklin). On third Fridays, go to the store at 399 Fourth St. (at Harrison). On fourth Fridays, take your oil-filled goodness to the store at 450 Rhode Island (at 17th St.).
For more information, visit www.SFGreasecycle.org or call 695-7366.