RICHARDSON – The City of Richardson has teamed up with American Biosource for a holiday collection of cooking oil and grease, located at 551 N. Plano Rd., that started Nov. 27 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 6.

“Cease the Grease,” is part of a regional effort to remind people that fats, oils and grease can harden and cause pipes to clog when poured down the drain. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow where raw sewage backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does it cause health issues, but can run into a nearby stream or river, which affects drinking water.

“Even small amounts of grease can start to build up causing blocks in pipes that results in big problems that are costly,” said Hannah Allen, LEED Green Associate and Environment and Development Planner for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

People must place their cooking oil and grease in a sealable container once they finish cooking before dropping items off to be recycled. The containers may be left in the collection bins anytime through this weekend.  So far, more than 100 gallons have been collected in Richardson.

“It’s a self-serve area. People can just put their containers of cooking oil and grease into the collection bins, which are available 24/7. They don’t have to pour it out,” said Janice Tower, Assistant Director of Health.

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