How can I reuse or recycle old carpet?

carpetcleaner 03/07/2016

Are you knee deep in renovations? Sitting on huge piles of discarded flooring with waste removal still an eternity way? Just hoping you don’t have to add more rubbish to the already mounting waste management crisis. How can I reuse or recycle that old carpet? It’d be great to create something useful with it all.

Are you not sure how or what to do? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone!

This article was written to help give you that little extra nudge, to spark the creative juices, and hopefully activate that body into action.

In this day and age, it’s common knowledge that preservation is crucial to our future. Climate change, environmental disasters, severe natural phenomenon, animal extinction/destruction, etc. All on a perennial escalation with no signs of stopping. As a species, we need to step up and change this destructive pattern before it’s irreversible. Reuse, repurposing, and recycling all contribute in a positive way in our fight against the clock.

So how can I reuse or recycle that old carpet? Ahh, great question!

Here’s a few simple, effective and useful ideas to help you do your part in saving the environment and your local the landfill from your renovation waste.

Donate

Charities, a friend or family member, local merchants, garden centers, or a re-use organization. Many of these organizations offer a local collection service too.

Recycle

Follow up with your local council about recycling collection, it’s not common for the city not to collect your carpets. Otherwise, you could deliver by hand to a local recycling facility and make sure they process in means that are suitable to your liking.

Check with your retail carpet supplier. If you’re removing old carpet, most likely you’ll be installing new material which should be supplied by a retail shop. Confirm with the retailer that the waste removal is processed ‘Greenly’ and if you’re not satisfied with their answer- seek other options.

Profit

With all those renovation cost, surely a few extra dollars wouldn’t hurt. Online is services like ebay or craigslist.com are very effective means of repurposing these old carpets. Take it to the auction house, yard sale, swap meet, or flea market. Take out a classified in the local newspaper or chat with contractors, construction workers, engineers, and mechanics. Carpet has plenty of useful needs within these industries.

Household Goods

Find that inner Martha Stewart and turn scraps of carpet into functional and effective household products. The list is as creative as you want it to be, but here’s a few great ideas to get you started.

  • Furniture Mover- Move that heavy furniture over hardwood floors. Slip a few scraps of old carpet under those furniture legs and whoosh it across the flooring without breaking your back.
  • Garden/Yards- For you green thumb gardeners out there, take scraps of recycled carpet and roll it up as a comfortable knee cushion. If you own a riding lawn mower, keep a few scraps onboard for the rare occasion that the mower gets mired in the mud. Carpet creates a wonderful grip for tires to gain traction and get you out of those sticky situations. Use it during winter for insulation over your compost pile to help keep heat, moisture locked inside and increasing decomposition time.
  • Pets- Your pets will be grateful companions once you create the ultimate bed, toys, scratch towers, and insulated lining for the dog house.
  • Cleaning- A useful material when soaked in sudsy warm water for cleaning window screens, putty knives, paint brushes, and rubber materials.
  • Protection- Line the garage wall for protection from your car door or visa versa. Protect your tile floors by laying scraps under utility equipment such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, large freezers, and televisions.