24 Feb '12, 9pm

Tempe explores grease as renewable energy source | MNN

Tempe explores grease as renewable energy source | MNN

NOT DOWN THE DRAIN: Fryer grease has to be properly disposed of — or the sewers will back up. (Photo: nazarethman/iStockphoto) By Pete Zrioka, Arizona State University Tempe has a grease problem. Waste grease from area restaurants clogs the city’s sewers, diminishing wastewater quality and requiring expensive maintenance. But starting in April, Tempe plans to roll out a new program that could transform grease from a waste product into an energy source. The Tempe Grease Cooperative is a partnership between downtown restaurants and the city to regulate and improve the collection and disposal of grease, fats and oils. By bringing collection and disposal under one service, the project aims to benefit local businesses while moving toward making the city a cleaner, more sustainable place to live. Currently, restaurants hire liquid waste contractors to clean out their grease trap...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/stories/tempe-exp...

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