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Tons of toilets getting a new use in Colorado Springs

Posted at 7:01 PM, Mar 04, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs utilities has amassed tons of old toilets. “That we collect all year long,” said Colorado Springs Utilities, Operations Supervisor, Sean Evans. Once a year the pile gets crushed.

Colorado Springs Utilities wants its customers to replace old toilets with newer less wasteful ones. "We want the community to know that they can change out those high, water use fixtures and not have worry about where you're going to dispose of that,” said Evans. The recycle option is a natural extension of conservation. "We've been able to collect around 2.8 million pounds of porcelain. If you do the math that equates to 57 thousand toilets diverted from Colorado landfills." The numbers come from eight years of recycling.

The toilets and other porcelain go through a crusher. "We're going to take this product. We're going to use it as an aggregate in all of our construction and maintenance activities," said Evans. The crushed porcelain turns into a high-grade fill material.

Information on where to take old toilets for recycling can be found on the Colorado Springs Utilities website. Click here for toilet recycling details.