San Francisco approves biodiesel production facility
for food scraps
San Francisco mayor Newsom announced a proposed
agreement between the Port of San Francisco and
Darling International to build a 7.5 million to
10 million annual gallon capacity biodiesel production
facility near Pier 92 in the Port’s Southern Waterfront.
The facility would allow for the local processing
of recycled fats, greases and tallow to biodiesel
for use by vehicles.
Mayor Newsom said, “Turning waste generated by local
restaurants and other businesses into a sustainable
fuel source is yet another major step in reaching
our goals of carbon neutrality for City Government
by 2020, zero emission public transit by 2020, a
75% recycling rate by 2010, and zero waste in 2020.”
Darling International has operated a rendering facility
on Port property since 1966 and is the port’s largest
maritime exporter. Subject to Port Commission approval,
the plan is for Darling to upgrade its Port facilities
to convert fats already produced at the facility
into high quality biodiesel for use in vehicles.
The agreement with the port also includes a commitment
to make site beautification and other environmental
The City and County of San Francisco’s entire diesel
fleet currently operates on biodiesel fuel. The
transfer to biodiesel was achieved through a Mayoral
Executive Order. The order required 100% of fleets
to use B20 biodiesel, a blend of 80% petroleum diesel
and 20% biodiesel, by December 31, 2007, for the
City’s 1,500 diesel vehicles.