What to do with removed and unwanted Carpet?

Carpet and landfills do not mix

Carpet and landfills do not mix. You can help prevent wasting resources by recycling your old carpet and pad instead of throwing them away.

- Credit 1-800-Recycling.com

When old carpet and pad is removed, the question that is being asked more and more is:

"Is it bad to throw away carpet and have it go to the landfill?"

The short answer is yes, because there is no benefit to burying it on a hillside, especially since carpet contains renewable natural resources. Plus, if you ask your local landfill operator or trash management company, they will tell you their preference is to not have to dispose of any carpet or pad.  They don't want it to pass through their gates.

The issue of throwing away carpet is that landfills are not designed to handle something so durable. Landfills are engineered to provide a controlled decomposition of waste. There is some pretty advanced science going on in those piles of trash. Old carpet and pad do not behave like typical waste, so burying them only masks the problem of what to do with carpet and pad once it is taken out.

Thankfully, for homeowners, it is becoming easier to be more responsible with carpet and pad that is removed from their house.

Don't Throw Away Your Old Carpet

Finding a better way to dispose of old carpet is not difficult as it used to be. As recently as five years ago, carpet recycling was almost unheard of and finding a company to recycle carpet and pad was nearly a waste of time. Much has changed in a few short years.

It is not hard to locate carpet recycling companies in nearly any part of the country. Even outside of California, where new carpet is taxed in an effort to promote recycling, startup businesses and established waste haulers are entering the recycling world.

So, if you need to dispose of unwanted carpet, look beyond the landfill and protect the environment. You may even save some money in the process.


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