City Seeks Companies to Recycle Old Toilets, Save Energy

The initiative is part of the city's conservation program to replace old toilets with water-conserving models.

Friday, Mar 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 AM EDT
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The city is seeking bids from companies to recycle nearly a million old toilet fixtures over the next six years.      

The initiative is part of the city's conservation program to replace old toilets with water-conserving models.      

The city Department of Environmental Protection told the New York Post that it's counterintuitive to have a program to conserve water that increases trash at landfills.      

Old toilets, which use about five gallons per flush compared with 1.28 gallons for newer fixtures, could be crushed for reuse in building foundations.     

The DEP also said it would give apartment building residents a $125 rebate to replace old fixtures.

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