How to Recycle Carpet
Carpets are full of complex fibers that make them impossible to break down in landfills. And, because carpet is made from multiple components with different chemical makeups, it’s tough to recycle properly. In addition to its disposal woes, carpet’s bulkiness burdens the sanitation workers tasked with picking it up.
Despite complications, nearly all types of carpet can be recycled. Depending on the fiber, carpet can be broken down and used to make a new product.
A lack of infrastructure means carpet recycling procedures are always case by case, depending on what the carpet is made of and where you live. Your personal carpet dealer is a great place to start to find local solutions. Some companies will pick up your carpet, but only if you live close to their facility.
CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort) is a nonprofit organization working to develop the infrastructure needed to recycle carpet efficiently across the U.S. In the meantime, find a carpet recycling facility near you with our recycle center locator.
Frequent Carpet Recycling Questions
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.
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.