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Date: Tue Feb 11 1997 - 06:40:00 EST

Date: Tue, 11 Feb 97 11:40 WET
Subject: Re: Toilet Recycling (Robyn Brown)

February 11, 1997

Dear Robyn Brown,

When I investigated the question of recycling of toilets about 3 years ago at the Research Library for RCRA, this is what I came up with:

A great deal of landfill space was saved through avoidance, and a fair amount of construction aggregate produced for construction fill and pavement material in New York City in 10/94. The contact person for the project at the Stuyvesant Town building complex was Warren Liebold, of the NYC Dept. of Env. Protection whose telephone number AT THAT TIME was 212-685-5575.
Maryland Refractories of Irondale, Ohio uses scrap material of similar device ceramic to make grog which is a heat-resistant material for industrial use.
The only other thing to do was to advertise the toilets for reuse in Waste Exchanges and at Construction Reuse Supply shops, of which there are many.
The economics of reuse are favorable, but I doubt that any studies specific to toilets are available. Reuse studies generally defined, are as close as you will probably come.

The Internet has several Reuse sites that will probably give general reuse economics. Additionally, I believe that there are studies available from:

The National Surplus Exchange Program, Kansas City, MO: 816-421-1080
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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