Quick Recycling Tip: How to Recycle Old Carpet

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This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.

How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #21 Recycling Old Carpet and Carpet Padding

How to Recycle Old Carpet

How to Recycle Old Carpet

Did you know that almost 5 billion pounds of actual used carpet and carpet padding goes into American landfills each and every single year? And with new home construction and home refurbishing a major source of economic growth, that number will surely continue to rise year over year.

Add to this dangerous activity the fact that the vast majority of carpet contains chemicals (examples include polyvinylchloride and Polypropylene), that can sit in landfills for long amounts of time, eventually leaching into and contaminating ground water.

When you learn about these few facts, it becomes even more imperative to make sure to properly recycle your old carpet — and further, to inquire of your professional carpet installer what he or she will do with the materials they remove from your home before installing new carpet.

1. Carpet that has maintained a good condition can always be donated: remember schools and non-profits gladly accept things when and where they can.
2. See the link below for Carpet America Recovery Effort; they feature a list of carpet reclaimers and one may be close to where you live.
3. San Francisco Carpet Recycling is another option, as are other regional programs in the greener American Cities.

Lastly — you can always do the extra bit of research when purchasing new carpet or flooring, and opt for either recycled carpet, or another eco-friendly and sustainable flooring like bamboo.

Helpful Links on Recycling Old Carpet:

Search by “Used Carpet” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.

Check out the website for CARE: Carpet America Recovery Effort, for info on recycling carpet.

Information on Recycling Carpet at Recycle This UK!

How to Recycle Your Old Carpet on This Old House.

How and Where to Recycle Your Old Carpet at The Good Human.

How to recycle old carpet and carpet pads info on Re-Nest, Abundant Design for Green Homes.


  1. I love the idea of reclaiming carpet to be used again. We throw away so much usable material that not only hurts our environment but is also a very inefficient way to live.

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