AUSTIN -- Trashing old toilets in Austin is meant to be a good green thing.
Critics say Austin has used public money to push as much as 280 tons of porcelain into landfills.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that most of the outdated commodes, part of environmental efforts since the mid-1990s, have ended up dumped in landfills.
Water utility officials recently began looking at recycling ideas after environmental activist Paul Robbins renewed complaints about the toilet replacement program.
The Austin City Council in February authorized $1.1 million to encourage apartment complexes to replace outdated toilets with newer, water-efficient models.
Daryl Slusher, the conservation director for the Austin Water Utility, says it would be preferable to recycle toilets, but so far the city has not found a good option for doing it.