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Road made from toilets gets environmental award
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012

When you picture a toilet, you're probably envisioning a porcelain throne located in the bathroom of a house or an apartment - not in the streets of Bellingham, Washington. However, Q13 Fox News recently reported that a road made from toilets in that city has earned an environmental award for its efforts.

The University of Washington's Greenroads Foundation completed the project as the first official “Greenroad” - a road constructed in an environmentally-conscious and eco-friendly manner. The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail project received the award for using LED streetlights, managing storm water with porous concrete and for using “poticrete,” which is made from crushed, recycled toilets.

The project's manager, Freeman Anthony, got the idea as he was replacing old toilets. He figured he could use the toilets in addition to recycled concrete to create the new road, and his concrete supplier confirmed it. It's certainly a good idea for the future, when eco-conscious projects will likely be considered the norm.

Have you ever thought of a way to recycle your old toilets and bathroom accessories?



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