Why We Concluded 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 are now focusing on educating San Francisco residents on how to properly collect and dispose of their used cooking oil.
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:
- Compost it. For small amounts of oil, soak it up with paper towels and place in green compost bin.
- Use it again. Cool down the used oil in your pan, strain out the food scraps for composting, and pour the oil into a clean container to use again
- Take it to Recology's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Note the following to ensure a successful drop-off:
- Only used cooking oil from home use is accepted - not from businesses. If you're a restaurant, please visit our webpage for restaurants here.
- Proof of San Francisco residency is required.
- Only 10 gallons per trip allowed.
- The facility is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8am to 4pm and located at 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm and find out if they are able to accept your used cooking oil at 415-330-1400.
- Remember to never pour your oil down the drain or dump it in the trash or recycling.
Watch this video to see what happens when used cooking oil makes its way down the drain!
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!