How to Dispose of Old Carpets (6 Simple Ways)

Once you get a new carpet installed, you will probably want to get rid of the old one.

Along with the old carpet, you’ll probably have old padding and gripping strips to get rid of, as well as remnants and packing of the new carpet.

Donation and reuse, pickup by the shop that sold you your new carpet, and removal by a fitter are just some of the easy-to-follow procedures on how to dispose of carpets we will discuss in this article today.

Your Retailer Might Dispose of the Carpet

The most convenient approach to dispose of your old carpet for most people is to have it removed by the store that sold you your new one.

Most carpet stores provide some type of service, although the costs and services provided vary greatly.

Some shops, for example, would simply take away the new carpet’s offcuts and packaging while refusing to accept the old carpet.

The majority of companies only provide this service to paying clients. Be careful to ask if the service involves removing the old one or simply collecting and disposing of it.

Your Carpet Installer Can Do the Job

If your carpet was purchased from a store that does not provide a disposal service, your installer would usually remove your old carpet for a charge.

However, make sure they have a trash carrier’s license, as taking it away without one is prohibited.

Your carpet installer will be charging a carper removal fee of about 1 dollar per meter square of the carpet and padding.

Installers should charge approximately 15-20 dollars to remove all your old carpet. So whether the installer charges per sq. meter or for the entire job, it is entirely up to them.

Disposal is frequently added to the original price of the upgrade as it does with retailers, so ask your installer what the charge includes.

If your carpet installer does not provide the service, it’s worth checking with another area fitter to check if they do.

Reuse or Donate Your Old Carpets

You may repurpose your old carpet for gardens, matting, animal bedspreads, or offcuts, or donate it to somebody else.

On the other hand, fresh offcuts are considerably more likely to be reused, as old carpets can be stinky, faded, and unappealing.

Furthermore, the chances of someone willing to purchase an old, dirty carpet from you are very low.

Offering your carpet free of charge is easy with websites like Freecycle or charitable organizations.

If your carpet is in decent shape, you may sell it on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Gumtree.

Buyers usually come to your home to pick up the carpet, so only choose this option if you don’t mind having a stranger in your house.

Be aware that there is a possibility that they might not be willing to purchase after they see it in person.

You may also repurpose carpet in your yard, and it does not need to be in great shape to do so.

You may use it to keep walkways weed-free by turning the carpet upside down and covering it with bark mulch.

You may do the same thing around vegetable gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb, you might ask local organizations if they’d like to utilize your old carpet.

You can look for local organizations online.

If your carpet is in good shape, you may be able to reuse it in your house.

You can make a mat out of it by cutting it into the appropriate form.

You might also hire a carpet whipping facility to add edging for a more stylish look.

People are often seeking cat clawing poles and carpet pieces for their dogs and cats; if you’re one of them, all you need to do is attach the carpet by stapling or sticking with glue some carpet to a pole to make your scratching pole.

You can also reuse your carpet by turning them into carpet tiles, and some businesses specialize in recycling them.

If you have any leftovers, divide them into little squares and place them below the foot of your furniture to protect your new flooring.

Alternatively, if they’re offcuts from a new carpet in your home, you might stain them to see what works best for removing difficult stains.

Dispose of at Local Recycling Center

If you are a homeowner, alternatives for disposing of carpets also include the option to discard them at a local recycling site.

This method is by far the most cost-effective alternative, as most recycling services are free.

If you are going to use your vehicle to drop the carpets, just note that you may need to make multiple trips and there is a risk you may end up with a carpet fluff disaster inside your vehicle.

Furthermore, if you live in a remote location, the nearest tip may be very far away, so hiring someone else to dump it for you may be more convenient.

Although most recycling locations do not take carpets, some do.

However, just in case, we suggest double-checking with your own. Businesses, unlike homeowners, must either purchase or be banned from accessing the local recycling center.

Once a carpet is sent to a recycling facility, it is dismantled into its constituent pieces so that they may be recycled in other goods, such as home plastic, interior automobile components, machinery, commercial flooring, and now even parking barricades.

Hire a Waste Collector

Carpets may be thrown away with regular household garbage.

However, huge quantities of old carpet may not be accepted by your local garbage collection agency.

Instead, you might have to take the carpet to a specific garbage drop-off location or delay for a bulk-garbage collection day.

We recommend confirming with your local garbage collection facility beforehand, rather than risking the carpet not being accepted.

Some firms may provide old carpet collection, while others may need you to carry the carpet yourself.

You may also engage a garbage removal service that can collect waste from any location on the property.

This will save you a lot of time and work because you won’t have to take it to the disposal location.

Do It Yourself!

You’ll have to remove the carpet from the floor so that you can dispose of it.

Pull It

Taking out carpets is a pretty simple task.

A few tools are all you’ll need knives, pry bars, gloves, and pliers.

Lift the carpet, cut it into short portions as you go, then roll and duct tape it to make it easier to take out of the house.

When stripping the underlying, you will be using the same technique.

Finally, pull them up with gripping rods and a pry. You may even pay a service to do it if you don’t like to get your hands filthy.

Inquire with your carpet installer about uplifting your old carpet.

They’re usually delighted to do it for a charge, and they may even include carpet removal in the price.

Alternatively, you may contact your garbage removal company, which can typically hoist your carpet for a charge.

Remove the Nails

Adhesive strips are metallic nails that go around the edge of the walls to securely attach the carpet.

They might be difficult to handle, so initiate around a corner and go low and slow.

Grasp the carpet with pliers and lift it from the flooring. If the pliers are not holding it, a tiny pry bar can pull it back.

Continue tugging till the carpet is completely removed. If you find carpet padding below, leave it intact for now.

We will deal with that as well, but later.

Cut It

Carpet may be difficult to manage, especially if you’re dealing with a large area.

Cut it into manageable pieces with knives to avoid the discomfort of lifting it all at once.

Ensure that your knife is sharp and fresh, and start cutting the back of the carpet rather than the fiber side.

When cutting, use caution and cut-resistant gloves to protect yourself.

Keep going until you reach a point where the carpet reaches the doorway to another room or another kind of flooring.

Try to wear long sleeves to cover your hands when moving the carpet from the floor.

Now you will be working on removing the carpet padding.

Remove the Carpet Padding

The procedure for stripping away carpet padding is fairly similar to that of lifting and cutting the carpet itself, except that it is usually much lighter.

Begin rolling the carpet padding away from the flooring at one wall.

Cut the carpet padding into pieces every several feet with your knife.

Again, removing those smaller pieces from the space will be a lot easier. You’ll be able to see your subfloor once you’ve yanked everything out.

You’ll also see a lot of nails, staples, and adhesive strips all over the place.

It’s time to take back the pry bar after the cushioning has been removed.


You’ve successfully removed the carpet, and we hope you can enjoy your new and free area!

However, we advise visiting an expert before installing new flooring to assess if the foundation is suitable for future flooring stuff. 

The mass of fresh tile, for example, might be significantly greater than the mass of the older piece.

In some cases, a cement backer board may be required to sustain the pressure and weight.

The type of flooring and the amount of humidity in the space are other crucial considerations that you should look at before installing new flooring.

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