The Proper Way To Dispose Of An Old Toilet

According to a report in HuffPost UK, around 40% of us fail to dispose of the things in our bathroom correctly. If you find yourself with an old toilet in your hands, you may be wondering how to dispose of it. Luckily, you have plenty of options. You can either recycle or donate it, both of which are good for the planet in different ways. Of course, the whole process may seem a little daunting if you've never done it before. However, it doesn't have to be.

If you find either of these options intimidating, we'll explore them in more detail below so you can quickly dispose of your old toilet. Likewise, which option you choose shouldn't matter too much — you have to pick what's right and works for you. Of course, this will all boil down to your situation. So, gather up your old toilets and get ready to toss them out of your life! Don't worry; this works for toilet pieces too.

Locate a recycling company or hire someone

To correctly dispose of an old toilet, you must locate a recycling company that accepts toilets. If it's damaged, fret not — you should still be able to recycle it. For recycling, you should be able to find where you can take your old toilet online. Once you find a reputable company, you should be able to take your old toilet there. Just make sure you double-check for any exceptions when it comes to disposing of it.

Of course, you should always make sure to type in the name of your area so you can find something close to your home. You should be able to find more information on your state's website or by using a tool such as Recycle Now. Likewise, you may also be able to find a professional company to come and dispose of it. This option should help to save you some time but will likely be the more costly option versus if you do it yourself. 

However, you still have other ways that you can dispose of it. If you want to donate or sell your toilet, you should ensure it's clean and that it could actually be re-used by someone else. After all, who wants to take in a stinky loo? Whichever option you pick will likely depend on the condition of your toilet, so make sure you think it through. However, once it's off your hands, you can take comfort in knowing you did the right thing.  

It's beneficial for others and the planet

Although disposing of an old toilet can feel like a hassle, doing it correctly is good for both people and the planet. If you choose to donate a toilet, it could potentially be used to help others who need one but can't afford one. On the other hand, recycling your old toilet means that the parts can be broken down and reused, helping contribute toward a circular economy. For example, recycled material could be used to create floor tiles or new household items typically made from porcelain.

If you're disposing of any other bathroom items, you can donate or recycle them at the same time as your toilet. However, if you struggle to find a viable option, your last resort is sending it to a landfill. Of course, it's always better to try the other two options before doing so. In addition to old toilets, you can even recycle your old mattresses.