rolled carpet ready for disposal

Carpet Disposal – The Ultimate Guide

9 July 2021

Carpet disposal advice

Looking for sensible advice on carpet disposal in London? When you put in new carpet or flooring, you may have old carpet to dispose of. These include offcuts, underlay, gripper rods and packaging. Carpets are fantastic to have but difficult to remove. So we put together this easy to read guide on carpet disposal in London so you have all the knowledge possible to make an informed decision.

Btw, use these links if you need to learn more about how to do the carpet uplift yourself or simply want to arrange a cheap carpet removal.

1. What are the easiest and most cost-effective options for carpet disposal?

The main options for disposal of old carpet and related waste material are:
1) getting your carpet fitter or retailer to take it away for you
2) using your local council’s bulky waste collection service
3) taking it to your local tip or HWRC
4) paying a licensed man & van waste collector to remove it
5) hiring a skip or Hippo bag.

We consider below each of these carpet disposal options in more detail.


2. Retailer carpet disposal – how much do retailers charge

Some carpet retailers offer a carpet removal and recycling service if you buy a new carpet through them.  The services they offer can vary quite a lot – some retailers’ service includes both uplift and disposal, whereas others are just disposal.

Below is a table comparing the services offered by the UK’s major retailers.  To give a general idea of the costs, we’ve included the price for an average-sized living room in the UK (17.02m2). 

UK retailers carpet disposal charges in 2021:

Carpet retailer Cost per sq metre Est cost of avg living room (17.02m2)
Carpetright £3.49 (uplift + disposal) £59.30
Tapi Carpets £4.00 (uplift + disposal) £68.00
Flooring Superstore Don’t offer service N/A
SCS Don’t offer service N/A


If you want to pull up the carpet yourself, check out our step-by-step guide to carpet uplift.

3. Can my carpet fitter dispose of old carpet?

Carpet fitters will typically remove and dispose of your carpet for an additional fee. First, however, you’ll need to ensure that your fitter has a waste carriers license (ask them or on the Environment Agency’s website). It is their legal responsibility to have a license, and if they didn’t, ultimately, you’d be responsible. You should expect to pay between 50p to £1 per sqm for carpet removal, according to Some fitters charge by square meter, others will give you a price for the whole lot and often, fitters will include the price of recycling with uplift. 

roll of old carpet with saw on top


4. Can I dispose of carpet and flooring waste at the tip and will they recycle it?

If you’re a householder with a car, you can dispose of your carpet at the local tip. Businesses cannot take waste to the local HWRC. Driving it to the tip is the cheapest option because HWRC’s rarely charge for disposal. However, it is worth checking beforehand if the site charges and if they accept carpets because different tips accept and refuse other materials. In most instances, particularly if it’s very clean unused carpet (i.e. offcuts), the likelihood of your carpet getting recycled is reasonably good.  

Handy tip: put down sheets or some covering underneath the carpets so you won’t be left cleaning up carpet fluff for days!


5. Do councils take carpet as part of their bulky waste collection service?

Another carpet disposal option is to use your council’s bulky waste collection service. The council’s service is not free but subsidised, so it’s usually cheaper than hiring a private contractor. However, the wait times are longer. So make sure to double-check that your local council accepts carpets.


6. Can I put carpets or carpet tiles in a skip?

When disposing of carpets, it is an option to use a skip, but this is only worth considering if you have enough waste to fill it. The cost of hiring a skip varies depending on where you live, the size of the skip and whether or not you require a skip permit. In other words, if you don’t have enough waste for a skip, you’re much better off using a man & van who will only charge for the amount of waste they remove rather than a set price for a skip. Also, carpet tiles are stacked up, very heavy and skip often have weight limits – so it’s worth checking with your skip provider beforehand.


7. Can I put carpet in a skip bag?

If you’ve bought a Hippo bag, you can dispose of carpets this way too. It’s worth asking for a quote from a man & van as sometimes their collection prices are lower than a crane lorry collection. Also, they’ll leave you with the bag for reuse. Check out average skip bag collection prices.


man and van clearance compamny carrying rolled up carpet for carpet disposal


8. Carpet disposal near me – will a Man & Van remove carpet?

You can hire a man and van waste contractor for carpet disposal. They normally have the fastest response times and cost less than a skip. Plus, man & van teams will collect your waste from anywhere on the property. For carpet disposal in London use our LoveJunk app, where you can match with a waste collector in a matter of minutes.



9. Can I reuse or recycle carpet?

Yes! When asking how to dispose of carpet, you’ll discover that there are many ways to sustainably reuse it. If your carpet is in good condition, you might be able to find someone interested in taking it off your hands.  You could ask friends and family if they want it, or you could advertise it online on websites such as eBay, Freegle, Freecyle and Facebook Marketplace.

Other ways you could reuse your carpet include gardening, mats or offcuts.  If you’re a keen gardener, your carpet can be used to stop weeds growing on your paths or vegetable patches.  All you need to do is place the carpet upside down and cover it with bark mulch.

Animal shelters often accept carpets to use for animal bedding and cat scratching posts so if you’re interested in this option, contact your local shelters. Any offcuts or leftover carpet can be placed underneath the furniture to prevent any damage to your new carpet or flooring.  Alternatively, you could use leftover carpet to make rugs or carpet runners for your house.

And Finally… We hope you’ve enjoyed our carpet disposal guide! There are many ways to get rid of your old carpet but the easiest solution is to take a photo and create a listing on LoveJunk. Our trusted waste collectors will respond within minutes. We want to make rubbish clearance cheaperfaster and greener. If you found this post helpful, you might like these :



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