From Potty to Pavement

Have you ever wondered what happens to your toilet when its humble life comes to an end? To be honest, neither had I.  But the fact is, most end up in the landfill with the rest of our litter.  Don’t you think such a highly prized commode-ity deserves a better afterlife?  Now there’s a way!  Even if you don’t feel any particular pity toward the plight of your privy, read on – there’s something in it for you, too.

Colorado Springs Utilities is currently offering rebates for trading in your old John for a new one.  If you’re a Colorado Springs Utilities customer and buy a qualifying WaterSense toilet, you can get a rebate of up to $75 per toilet (limit 2 per household).  Plus, a WaterSense toilet will save you, on average, $90 per year on water, and $2,000 over the life of the toilet.  Click here for the specifics.

So what about your old, inefficient porcelain throne?  Well, instead of consigning it to a slow death at the local garbage dump, you could commemorate your can by giving it a second career as road base.  Yep – your W.C. could go from potty to pavement.  From commode to concrete.  From El Baño to…well, you get the idea.  El Paso County is now offering free toilet (and other porcelain) recycling to be used as road base aggregate.  I was a little disappointed to discover that road base is under the pavement you drive on, so you don’t actually get to see the little chunks of old chamber pots as you drive down the road, but it’s nice to know that our city is being so resourceful. It saves the city money on the cost of aggregate, saves space in our landfills, and saves the natural resources it would otherwise take to make road base.  Click here for hours and locations.

Stop wasting thousands of gallons of precious water every year and upgrade to a WaterSense toilet.  While you’re at it, check out other rebates offered by Colorado Spring Utilities by upgrading your shower heads, irrigation systems, etc. Save money, help the environment, and give your lavatory the legacy it deserves.

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