Grease removal devices could be mandated for restaurants 

Restaurants could face city enforcement actions if they allow grease and fats to flow through their drains into sewers.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission collects waste grease and oil from roughly one-third of The City’s 2,500 restaurants, according to spokeswoman Laura Spanjian.

The grease and oil is converted by a private company into biofuel that powers some SFPUC vehicles.

“We’re working very closely with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and other stakeholders on a fat, oils and grease ordinance,” Spanjian said during a recent SFPUC commission hearing. “If we mandate automatic grease removal devices, it will be easier for restaurants to give us their grease so we can turn it into biofuel.”

Keeping grease out of The City’s aging sewer system can help prevent clogs and reduce maintenance costs.

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