If your old toilet breaks down or you just bought a new one, you may be wondering how to throw away a toilet. So, how do you dispose of an old toilet? There are many ways you can dispose of either a whole toilet or toilet components like a toilet bowl or toilet seat.
While you may think of just taking them to the landfill, you have tons of options available to you for how to dispose of an old toilet. Some of these include recycling, curbside pickup, donating, or even reselling the toilet online for a profit.
Read on to learn more about your options for how to dispose of an old toilet.
Option One: Toilet Disposal
Step 1: See if a curbside collection is available in your area
You will likely check with your local waste management company to see if they collect toilets left by residents at the curb. In some cases, companies may want advanced notice before taking an old toilet off your hands.
On the other hand, there are plenty of companies that will do it the day of. While checking if they do curbside pickup, you should see if your city has an exchange program for you to swap out your older out-of-date toilet for a newer model.
If your city does not have curbside pickup for household items, you will have to dispose of your toilet at a landfill transfer station. This can be a bit more expensive since some companies charge a transfer fee for dropping them off in these areas. This will be especially true of toilet disposal since porcelain toilet parts are sometimes classified as hazardous waste.
Step 2: Take out all non-porcelain parts
Many companies require you to take off any metal and plastic components from your toilet. If the company does not require you to do so, then ignore this step. However, if they do, you will have to take out components like the toilet seat and toilet cover, the inner tank’s plumbing, handle, and any miscellaneous bolts or screws.
To remove the seat, just flip the bolt covers at the back of your seat. Then you can use a wide slot-head screwdriver to take out the other plastic bolts. For the flush handle, use an adjustable wrench to loosen the lever nut in the tank so you will be able to pull it out.
Step 3: Put the toilet out on the curb
Most cities or townships will have specific days of the week or even month meant for curb collection for large items. It may not be the same as your weekly garbage day, so you should check their collection schedule beforehand, so you know when to put it out.
Option 2: Recycle Your Toilet
Step 1: Remove all your porcelain components before recycling
Like with curbside pickup prep, you will need to remove the same non-porcelain components for pickup. These include the toilet seat. Flush handle, metal bolts, and screws, and tank’s inner plumbing. You can recycle these parts as well, but you will have to recycle them separately. Most of the metal parts can be recycled with other scrap metal materials.
Step 2: Check if your local recycling program collects porcelain toilets
Just search up your local recycling center to make sure they accept porcelain toilets. Often their website will list all the items they recycle. Many recycling centers may also not be free of cost, so look at all the recyclers in your area to find the cheaper options.
Step 3: Lay it out for curbside pick up
Some recycling companies will come and pick up your toilet from outside your house. You should make sure you leave it out during the specified company times for pick up.
Step 4: If they do not have curbside pickup, take it to the recycling center
If they do not offer curbside pickup, you will have to take it all the way to the recycling center. It would be best if you did not break your toilet because you think it will be easier to carry. If porcelain is broken, it can cut you with some off its razor-sharp edges.
Option 3: Sell or Give Away Your Toilet
Step 1: See if you can sell your toilet online
Assuming your toilet still works, then someone may be willing to buy it. You could sell it on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, etc. Contrary to popular belief, there is a shockingly high demand for these older toilets. It would be best to add any photos and descriptions of your toilet and any details about the model to entice buyers.
Step 2: If you cannot sell it or feel altruistic, you could donate it to charity
Many local charities such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore accept older toilet materials. You should also look up any other similar charities in your area and see if they accept similar items.
Step 3: Give your toilet away to someone else
You could give it to a friend or list it on an online forum for anyone who wants it. Freecycle and Craigslist are good options for this. Putting it by the curb is also an option if you think someone might come by and take it.
Leaving trash on the street too long doesn’t look good for you or your neighbors, so don’t leave it out there too long. However, you might get lucky and make someone’s day when they find a free toilet on the street.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Still, have questions about how to dispose of an old toilet? Read on for answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.
Does Home Depot take old toilets?
When you buy a new toilet, it does come with the removal of your older one.
Can you put a toilet in a dumpster?
It depends on your waste management guidelines whether you can or not, but generally, no.
What can I do with an old toilet bowl?
If you do not want to either sell or dispose of it, you can reuse it for another purpose. For example, many people use their old toilet bowl as a birdbath, garden chair, waterfall, etc.
How long do toilets usually last?
They generally last about 10-15 years, but it depends on the model, how you take care of it, etc.