rolled carpet ready for disposal

Carpet Disposal – The Ultimate Guide

9 July 2021

Carpet disposal advice

Looking for some sensible advice on carpet disposal? Need to get rid of some old carpet, offcuts, underlay, gripper rods or packaging? Great! Here is our no nonsense guide to everything you wanted to know about carpet disposal.

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 options for carpet disposal?

The main options for disposal of old carpet and related waste material are:

1) pay your carpet fitter to take it away for you

2) pay your carpet retailer to take it away for you

3) pay to use your local council’s bulky waste collection service

4) take it to your local tip or HWRC

5) pay a licensed man & van waste collector to remove it (here’s some more info on carpet removal prices)

6) pay for a skip or Hippo bag

Each of these disposal options are covered below in more detail.

 

2. Removal by Retailer – what do retailers charge for carpet disposal

Some carpet retailers offer a carpet removal and recycling service if you buy your new carpet from 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 carpet 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 2022:

Carpet retailer Cost per square metre Cost per room (17 m2)
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

 

Need to the do the uplift yourself? 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 often remove and dispose of your old carpet for an additional fee.

Before getting them to quote, always check your fitter has a waste carriers license (ask them or look on the Environment Agency’s website). It is their legal responsibility to have a license, and if they do not, you will be responsible if the waste is fly-tipped.

You should expect to pay around £1 – £2 per square metre for carpet removal by your fitter.  

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 removal service is not free but subsidised, so it’s usually cheaper than hiring a private contractor. However, the wait times are longer. and make sure to double-check that they remove carpet, as many councils exclude home improvement style waste.


 

 

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 by Man & Van Waste contractor

One of the most popular ways to dispose of your old carpet (and cheaper than using a skip) is to use a licensed man & van rubbish clearance company. They will remove your waste from anywhere on the property and are often available same day. To find your cheapest available collector, post the job on the LoveJunk waste removal marketplace.

Check out our carpet removal jobs gallery to see the latest examples and prices of man & van carpet collections.  And for more background on why certain jobs cost less or more than others, then have a look at our Carpet Removal Prices guide.

 

 

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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