rolled up carpet ready for removal & recycling

How to dispose of old Carpet – the Ultimate Guide

9 July 2021

Looking for sensible advice on Carpet Disposal?  When you put in a new carpet or flooring, you will likely be faced with the problem of how to get rid of the old carpet, offcuts, underlay, gripper rods and packaging.  Here is our plain English guide to carpet disposal, covering the following key questions:

 

  1. What are the most cost effective and easiest options for carpet disposal?
  2. How much do retailers charge for uplift and disposal?
  3. Can my carpet fitter dispose of my old carpet? 
  4. Can I take carpet and flooring waste to the tip?
  5. Do councils accept carpet in their bulky waste collection service?
  6. Can I put carpet rubbish in a skip?
  7. Can I put carpet in a skip bag?
  8. Will a Man & Van collect my carpet?
  9. Can I reuse carpet?

 

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

The main options for disposing of old carpet and related waste material are 1) paying 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, or 5) a skip or Hippo bag.  We consider below each of these carpet disposal options in more detail.

 

2. How much do retailers charge for carpet dispoal

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 retailer’s 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 remove the old carpet?

Carpet fitters will normally remove your carpet and dispose of it for an additional fee.  You’ll need to make sure that your fitter has a waste carriers license (just ask them or on the Environment Agency’s website).  If they don’t have a license, it’s illegal and you’d be held responsible if the waste isn’t responsibly disposed of.

You should expect to pay between 50p to £1 per sqm for carpet removal according to Job-Prices.co.uk.  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 different materials. In most instances, particularly if it’s very clean unused carpet (ie. offcuts) the likelihood of your carpet being recycled is reasonably good.  

Handy tip: put down sheets or some kind of covering underneath the carpets so you’re not left with carpet fluff in your car.

 

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

Another carpet disposal option is to use you council’s bulky waste collection service.  This isn’t free, but it is subsidised so it’s usually cheaper than hiring a private contractor, however the wait times are longer.

Make sure to double check that your local council accepts carpets.

 

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

Carpets can be put in a skip, but this option is only worth considering if you have enough waste to fill a skip.  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.  So, 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 in particular are when stacked up, very heavy and skips 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 cheaper 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. Will a Man & Van remove carpet?

You can hire a man and van waste contractor to collect your carpets.  Man & van teams normally have the fastest response times and cost less than a skip.  Plus, your waste can be collected from anywhere on the property.

 

 

9. Can I reuse or recycle carpet?

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.

Finally, any offcuts or leftover carpet can be placed underneath 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.

 



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