Danbury, Connecticut, has become the first city in the world to develop and build a facility that converts fats, oil, and grease, also known as FOG, into biodiesel fuel. This Grease to Diesel Plant is able to convert everyday restaurant kitchen grease waste into 220,000 gallons of high-quality biodiesel annually.

In April 2021, construction began at the site where the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant is located at 53 Newtown Road and was price-tagged at $5.5 million. According to Hearst Connecticut Media, the city's engineer and public works director, Antonio Iadarola, partnered with REA Resource Recovery Systems and UConn professor emeritus Richard Parnas.

Patrick Callahan's FB Page
Mayor Dean Esposito Pumping the New BioFuel - Patrick Callahan's FB Page

According to cthousegop.com, fats, oil, and grease (FOG) are pumped into the plant, captured, and converted in an automated and continuous-flow system from kitchen grease pits across the greater Danbury area. According to Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito's FB Page, "The Grease to Biodiesel project will generate nearly 282,000 gallons of renewable fuel per year of which 222,000 will be B100 biodiesel fuel and 60,000 gallons will be boiler fuel, and will gain an estimated net income of $1.3 million per year for the City.

Danbury Hat Tricks YouTube Video
Former Mayor Mark Boughton and TV Star John Oliver Present the 'John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant' - Danbury Hat Tricks YouTube Video

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

Gallery Credit: Sophia Crisafulli

LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born

LOOK: Food history from the year you were born

From product innovations to major recalls, Stacker researched what happened in food history every year since 1921, according to news and government sources.

Gallery Credit: Joni Sweet




More From WRKI and WINE