It's Earth week. People are feeling pretty sunny about the world and ways to fix it. Today at 12:30 p.m., assemblyman Sheldon Silver and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer visited Russ & Daughters to kick off a new recycling program that will collect used cooking oil from Lower East Side restaurants and convert it into clean burning biodiesel fuel.
Russ & Daughters doesn't use too much oil in the kitchen, but come Chanukah, snap! So many hot latke baths that will be reincarnated as fuel for diesel cars, trucks, and generators for home and office heating. The Go Green! Cooking Oil Recycling Program is free for participating restaurants. They'll each get a container with room for 5, 30, or 55 gallons of used oil to leave out for pick-up. It sounds kind of like the milk man except with vats of oil.
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