Gwinnett County recycles toilets, saves dollars

8:19 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- "We beat them up with a hammer first," said Bill Hallman of Gwinnett County's Department of Water Resources. "And then we take and crush them down even further."

Just the thought will make anyone say "Woo!"

And that's just the beginning of the process when it comes to recycling toilets in Gwinnett County.

"Then we go in there and we pull out all the plastic in the seats," Hallman said.

The warehouse manager for the county's Department of Water Resources told 11Alive News the toilets are broken down into tons of of pieces of porcelain - then used for a little bit of everything from porcelain chips to brand new kitchen counter tops.

Hallman says everyone turns out a winner in the end.

"Recycling it, it's going to be used constructively, so everybody wins," said Hallman. "We're looking to save the county money. We're looking to make good usage of our water."

That's just some of the reasons Paul Amato pulled up to drop off not one, but three toilets.

"Just bringing the toilets in to get them recycled," Amato said.

In return, Amato and other consumers are given a $100 rebate per toilet deducted from their water bill.

"They are the old two or three gallons per flush," Amato said.

Sometimes even higher.

"That's one of the things in changing the toilets is going from a four or five gallon flush to a 1.6 gallon flush, and that will save everybody money all the way around," Hallman said.

The donor just has to be strong enough to part ways with its longtime friend.

Amato was happy to leave his behind.

"Lots of memories," Amato said. "All of them bad."

The recycled program has netted nearly 3,000 recycled toilets in one year.

The rebate program has accounted for nearly 11,000 new toilets, and is saving the county more than 200,000 gallons of water per day.

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