What to Do with Your Old Carpeting

Four Options


what to do with old carpeting

Old carpeting is accepted by most trash companies, but they are full of complex fibers that make them impossible to break down in landfills. And, even when you want to do your best for the environment, carpeting is made from multiple components with different chemical makeups and it’s tough to recycle properly. So, what can you do with your old carpeting?

What to Do with Your Old Carpeting

Recycle it: It can be recycled if you take it to a proper facility. Carpet fibers can be broken down to its raw materials to make new products (like new carpet!). Ask your local carpet store if they have a recycling facility. If they don’t, try contacting CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort). CARE is an organization devoted to keeping carpets out of landfills and recycling them instead.

Reuse Scraps: If your carpet is in relatively good shape, try repurposing it. Some ideas include:

  • Lay down old carpet in a vegetable garden to pull double duty as a weed mat and pathway.
  • Cut it up into small pieces to place under the four legs of a heavy table or chair that needs to be moved. This helps the furniture slide across a hardwood floor without you having to lift it.
  • Glue carpeting to a wood post to create a scratching post for your cat.

Donate it: If your carpeting is still in tip-top shape, or if you had left over from your project, you can consider donating it. Many Habitat for Humanity Restores accept carpet donations.

Call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling: Getting rid of carpeting is no easy job. The Veterans and Military family members at JDog Junk Removal & Hauling are here to haul away your old carpeting. We know the environmentally responsible way to take care of it, whether we have it recycled or find a donation center. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup.


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