As it has done for the past three years, the Richardson community keeps breaking records in its Thanksgiving grease collection/diversion efforts. Around 240 gallons of used cooking oil were collected during the City’s annual “Cease the Grease” event held Nov. 25-Dec. 7, 50 gallons more than what was collected in 2020, 70 gallons more than in 2019 and double the amount collected in 2018. Richardson’s Health Department coordinates the free collection each year to help divert holiday cooking oil and grease from being poured down kitchen drains, which can create buildup in sewer pipes and cause unwanted wastewater backup. 
The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into biofuels.