- 5:16 pm - Tue, Mar 13, 2012
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In other pavement news:
What do you do with five tons of old toilets? Make pavement.
In Bellingham, Washington, porcelain from 400 ground-up toilets was incorporated into sidewalk pavement, dubbed “poticrete.” Instead of ending up in a landfill, the crushed toilet pieces were used in place of approximately one dump-truck load of gravel, a.k.a. concrete aggregate.
The road construction project, which earned Greenroads certification — akin to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for buildings — also used some 80 tons of recycled concrete, helping to boost the road asphalt’s recycled content to 30%. The project also features the city of Bellingham’s first LED street lights.
More: Bellingham roadway with recycled toilets is world’s first official ‘Greenroad’ — University of Washington - washington.edu
See also: earlier Unconsumption post here on salvaged toilets made into ceramic tile.