How to Recycle Carpet

There are many different kinds of carpet and nearly all are recyclable. Depending on the face fiber, carpet can be broken down and used to make a new product. To recycle carpet used in your home, your dealer is a good place to start to find local solutions. Some companies will pick up your carpet, but only if you live close to their facility.

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Frequent Carpet Recycling Questions

Technically, carpet can be thrown away in the garbage. However, because it is generally thrown out in such large amounts, it may not be accepted in your curbside trash can. You may need to wait for bulk pick-up days or bring your carpet to a designated drop-off.
While your heart might be in the right place, used carpet cannot typically be donated due to health concerns. If you’re tearing up old flooring, recycling is a better decision.

However, new or unused carpet can be donated to local charities, especially those specializing in building or home restoration. Jump to the locator for local options.

Many companies that recycle carpet also take carpet padding. Carpet padding is recycled separately from carpet, however, so it’s best to double-check that both are accepted by the program you choose to use to recycle your carpet.
Recycled carpet is typically turned back into plastic resin to be used to create other products. It can also become new carpet, in the form of fiber or backing.
Although the carpet industry has pledged to recycle and recover more, whether or not your flooring company will recycle is dependent on your local area and their internal resources. When you’re getting ready to purchase new carpeting, ask about removal options.

If you’re a do-it-yourself installer, check the Carpet America Recovery Effort’s list of certified dealers and reclamation partners to find potential recyclers near you that will reliably recycle your spent carpet and backing.