By Meredith Brody
If you fried up a whole lot of latkes (potato pancakes) or sufganyot (doughnuts) for Hanukkah, or sautéed sweet potatoes in oil or fried tamales in lard for Christmas, or maybe the turkey frier you hauled out for Thanksgiving is still lurking in the garage, full of congealed fat (lovely thought). PLEASE don't dump the grease down the drain.
Starting Saturday, December 27, and running through Tuesday, December 30, you can bring your used cooking oil to the Costco warehouse at 10th and Bryant, or three Whole Foods Market locations: California and Franklin streets, Rhode Island Street in Potrero Hill, and Fourth Street in SOMA. (And while you're there, maybe there are some post-Christmas bargains to be snapped up.) The used oil and grease will be turned into biodiesel and used to power city vehicles.
This is part of the SFGreasecycle program, run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. It will, in addition to contributing to a lower use of fossil fuels, and saving money for the city, also reduce the amount of oil and grease that clogs up the sewer system as effectively as it does your arteries - and costs the city around $3.5 million a year to clean up. It's a classic example of a win-win situation.
Which begs the question: why isn't such a free drop-off program available year-round?