TURLOCK — You don't hear a City Council say this very often: We need more garbage.
But that's what happened in Turlock on Tuesday night, when the City Council agreed to a contract with Sun Valley Pumping to deliver fat, oil and grease from local restaurants to its water facility.
In a report to the council, Municipal Services Director Dan Madden said the city isn't generating enough methane gas for the Turlock Irrigation District system that uses it to generate power.
The city will earn 11 cents per gallon for the waste, but the real money will come through the power generation, which Madden said will bring in about $50,000 per year for the city if it negotiates some more agreements.
The agreement signed Tuesday night won't bring in a lot of money, but the council also agreed to allow City Manager Roy Wasden to sign similar agreements with other providers for more fat, oil and grease.
"The more power it generates, the more revenue we get from the sale of that power," Madden said.
Madden said the city needs 20,000 to 30,000 gallons a day to reach its full — and fuel — potential.
Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2343.