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Santa Monica launches program to turn cooking grease into biofuel

November 30, 2009 |  6:52 pm
Santa Monica, known for its eco-friendly initiatives, is launching a new effort to collect cooking grease and turn the waste into biofuel.

The program is primarily aimed at restaurants in the downtown area. Restaurants will be able to dump their excess grease, fat and oil in special containers at public parking structures 2 through 6, which border the Third Street Promenade.

Restaurants outside the downtown area can request containers from city officials by calling (310) 458-8546.

Residents can also participate by leaving their grease at the city's hazardous waste facility, at 2500 Michigan Ave, officials said.

City officials said the program will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and clogged sewer lines.

-- Robert J. Lopez