Remove & Recycle a Toilet

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Turn off the water and detach the hose

  1. Turn off the toilet’s water supply and flush the toilet to empty the tank, holding the handle down until all the water is gone.
  2. Use a sponge to mop up any excess water.
  3. Unscrew the nut from under the tank to detach the water supply hose from the tank.
  4. Drain any water from the hose into a bucket.

Remove the tank

  1. Most tanks are connected to the bowl by two long bolts. Undo the nuts from underneath the tank and lift off the tank.
  2. If the tank is connected to the wall, undo the bolts from inside the tank that hold the tank to the wall.

Remove the bowl

  1. The bowl is usually attached to the floor with two bolts and nuts hidden underneath trim caps. Remove the trim caps to expose the bolts and nuts.
  2. Unscrew the nuts or, if they are too tight, saw them off with a mini-hacksaw, making sure you protect the bowl’s finish from the saw.
  3. Gently rock the bowl to break its seal with the floor and toilet flange.
  4. Lift the bowl and carry it out of the building.
  5. Cover the toilet pipe to keep sewer gases out of the building, and debris and new toilet parts out of the pipe.

Recycle the toilet

You can recycle your old toilets for a fee with the companies below.

  • DTG Recycling Group
    All non-porcelain hardware and wax rings must be removed.
    Locations in Georgetown, Renton, Redmond, and Woodinville
    (425) 549-3000
  • The United Group
    Locations in Seattle and Snohomish
    (360) 668-4300

Many city and county sponsored recycling events will accept toilets. Check with your local utility or recycling center to see if there is an event in your area.

Disclaimer: The Saving Water Partnership and Seattle Public Utilities provide this information as general information only and the advice contained therein shall not be construed as any type of certification, warranty or other approval with respect to the Owner’s compliance with any applicable Federal, State and/or local law, code, regulation or requirement, nor is the Saving Water Partnership or Seattle Public Utilities responsible for any injury or damage that may result from the use of this information.