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GreaseConcrete_reduced.jpgInstalling a grease-removal machine in the kitchen could save restaurants 14 percent on sewage bills, if a new plan from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission with the backing of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association goes into effect. Boulette's Larder co-owner Lori Regis swears by hers, as it means no more stuck drains and no grease traps to empty. While expensive at up to $5,000, collectively they could save the city millions in sewage maintenance costs. And don't worry, the "swill grease" won't end up back in the kitchen like it sometimes does in China -- the city converts the waste into biodiesel for use in the municipal vehicle fleet. [SF Gate] Photo via SF Sewers

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