How to Recycle a Toilet

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If you're remodeling your bathroom, you may wonder how to recycle a toilet. Is it worth the effort to find a new home for your old john? Consider the options and benefits of the recycling effort.

Why Bother Recycling Your Toilet?

You recycle your cans, your paper and even your food scraps in a compost bin. Do you really need to bother recycling your toilet too? It seems that one toilet it the landfill won't make a big difference. When everyone has that same mentality, you can imagine the amount of toilets, tubs and other home improvement trash that will end up there. Giving your toilet a new home or purpose gives you the satisfaction of knowing you kept a little patch of the landfill free. Some of the options allow you to help out charities, help your own bank account or add a little beauty to the world.

How to Recycle a Toilet

You have your new eco-friendly toilet. How do you recycle the old porcelain throne? You have a few workable options to keep the toilet out of the landfill.

Local Recycling Program

Toilet recycling programs crush the porcelain and use it in concrete for both roads and sidewalks. Check with your city to see if they have a recycling program that includes toilets. The local recycling center is a good place to start. If they don't accept toilets, they may have a good idea of where you can go. Your local solid waste company is another resource for locating a toilet recycling program. You might also have some luck with concrete or recycling listings in the yellow pages. You might need to prepare the toilet for recycling by removing the extra parts. This might include the seat and bolts as well as any other non-porcelain components.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity program has stores in both the United States and Canada. Called Habitat ReStores, these retail centers sell new and gently used donated home goods and use the proceeds for local building projects. If you have a toilet that is gently used and still in good shape, you might have the option of donating it to a local Habitat ReStore. You'll want to call your local store to make sure they take toilet donations. Some ReStores offer a pick up option or you can haul the toilet yourself. Have a backup plan in case they won't accept your toilet for resale.

Sell It

Another recycling option for a toilet that is still in good working order is to sell it. If you have a really old toilet you might be surprised at how many people want it. Even a newer toilet might sell quickly to someone looking for a good deal. Try listing the toilet on Craigslist or in your local newspaper. You can make a little money on the transaction and you know the toilet is going to a new home.


Repurpose an old toilet makes a unique planter for the backyard. Fill the tank and the base of the toilet and plant your choice of greenery and flowers. You can also dress up the outside of the toilet by adding a mosaic pattern with tiles and glass pieces. If you're also replacing an old claw foot tub, you can make it a set of unique planters. Your unique use of old bathroom fixtures might make you the talk of the neighborhood.

Flush Away Crowded Landfills

Learning how to recycle a toilet can save precious space in already crowded landfills. There are several recycling options to consider. Even one less toilet heading to the landfill does the Earth good.

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How to Recycle a Toilet