How to Dispose of Carpet?

Carpet Disposal

Carpet comes in many different shapes and sizes, from ornate rugs, to industrial carpet to carpet tiles. But what option are there when you need to get rid of it? Carpet disposal can be a bit tricky so let our carpet disposal guide explain all.

Sell or Donate

If the old carpet is in good condition, selling it could be a good option. You could list the carpet on the multiple selling site such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. Donating the carpet to charity is also another option. Charities such as animal shelters may accept the waste carpet, where it can be used as animal bedding. 

Carpet Retailer to take it Away

Some of the UK's major carpet retailers offer a carpet removal service, to pull up and dispose of old carpet. This is a very convenient option for carpet disposal. This service will be charged by square metre of carpet being removed. Each carpet retailer may charge differing amounts so contact them for their prices. Some retailers may even offer this carpet removal service as part of their price to fit your new carpet.

Carpet Fitter to Take it Away

If you are having a new carpet fitted, it may be worth having the carpet fitters take the old carpet away. Most carpet fitters will offer this service at an additional fee. Get rid of the old and in with the new.

Recycling Centre

You can take any old carpets to your local recycling service. Here the carpet will be recycled. To find your nearest household waste and recycling centre contact your local council. Before you visit your local tip, make sure they accept carpets. Also It is worth considering how you are going to transport the old carpet to the recycling centre. You will require a vehicle big enough to fit the old carpet. This will be the cheapest option as it will be free, apart from the cost of fuel to transport the waste.

Reuse the Carpet

Instead of getting rid of the carpet why don't you try and reuse it. Old carpet can be used in the garden to stop weeds growing on paths or in vegetable patches. Lay it upside down and cover with bark mulch. You could make cat scratching posts for your feline friends. It could be cut into small squares and used as a door matt. Be creative and look to re use the carpet before throwing it away. 

Council Collection

Some local councils will offer a "bulky waste collection service"for old carpet. This is offered for householders in certain areas. The council will organise for any carpet waste to be collected and disposed of. Contact your local council to see if it is available in your area.

Waste Collection Service

There are rubbish removal services out there that could dispose of your carpet for you. These waste carriers will arrive on location collect the carpet and dispose of it in the correct manner. A van waste contractor can be a very easy option when it comes to disposal of carpet. 

Can Carpet be put in a Skip?

Disposing of carpet in a skip is not very straightforward. Skip hire companies have differing rules to if carpet can go in their skips. Some will allow it, some will only allow 10% of the waste in the skip to be carpet and some will not allow any carpet in the hired skip. If you are looking to hire a skip and have some carpet to dispose of, contact the skip company before and ask if they accept carpet.



Summary - Carpet Disposal

  • How to dispose of your old carpet:

  • Look to sell or donate the carpet

  • Carpet retailers can take it away

  • Let your carpet fitter take it away

  • Take the carpet to a recycling centre

  • Repurpose the carpet

  • Contact your local council for a bulky waste collection service

  • Hire a waste collection service

Author: Spencer Murphy

Date: 10/14/2022

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