Beginning April 2, residents can recycle old toilets and other types of porcelain at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Drive.
Business owners can drop off materials at Olson Plumbing and Heating Co., 121 W. Cucharras St.
The new recycling program was announced Wednesday by Colorado Springs Utilities in an email with this doozy of subject line: ‘Toilet Recycling Means No More Dump.’
“One way to save water is to replace old, inefficient toilets with new, high-efficiency models. We wanted to provide the means to carry on that spirit of conservation and sustainability,” Frank Kinder, senior conservation specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities, was quoted as saying.
Utilities crews will crush the porcelain from the collected toilets and use it as aggregate in local roads.
“It’s a win all around,” said Kinder. “We’re saving environmental resources, reducing waste to the landfill and avoiding costs for new aggregate.”
The community can learn more about water efficiency during an “open house” at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road. The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
March 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Water customers can bring up to two old showerheads and exchange them for two free WaterSense heads,” according to the press release.
The first 200 people who show up will receive a free faucet aerator.