Thanksgiving, with its fried turkeys, buttery foods, and gravy, can be hard on the diet—and on pipes and sewer systems. When fats, oils, and grease are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, hardening and building up until they cause clogs and sewer backups. This can cause sewage to overflow into homes, streets, and local waterways. Whether the repairs are in your home or in the street, it can be costly and inconvenient. If the sewer overflows, city crews have to shut down streets, tying up traffic and increasing expenses for both residents and municipalities.
Instead of washing your grease down the drain, participate in the Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free! The 2023 Holiday Grease Roundup kicks off Monday, November 13, and ends Friday, January 12.
Dozens of municipalities have partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable, and American BioSource to help protect sewer systems and the environment by either providing additional drop-off locations or highlighting their existing services.
The collected cooking oil and grease will be recycled into biodiesel or biogas, which reduces landfill waste and produces an alternative fuel that is clean and green.
For specific drop-off locations or other city services, see the linked flyers and map below.
(This is a used cooking oil and grease collection only; used motor oil should be brought to a household hazardous waste location or an automotive supply store.)