Carpet Disposal Guide For Glasgow

What to do with the old carpet when you get a new one installed?

You are likely to have to dispose of old carpets when you have a new one fitted. In addition to the old carpet itself, you may also have old underlay and gripper rods, as well as offcuts and packaging from the new carpet. The disposal of these materials can be handled in a number of ways, including donation, reuse, collection by the retailer that sold you the carpet, removal by a fitter, paying for council bulky waste collection, taking it to the dump, hiring a skip, or hiring a waste contractor. It is designed to help you decide which carpet disposal option is right for you with this simple carpet disposal guide for Glaswegians.

1. Retailers – ask your retailer if they’ll dispose of it for you.

Most carpet retailers offer some sort of service, but rates and what’s available vary considerably depending on who sold you your new carpet. The easiest way for most people to dispose of their old carpet is to have someone else remove it for them. Most retailers only provide this service to actual customers and will refuse the old carpets. Many will only take away the offcuts and packaging from the new carpets. It is important to clarify whether the service includes up-grading the old one or just collection and disposal.

2. Carpet installers—inquire with your carpet installer about the removal of your carpet.

For an additional fee, your fitter will often dispose of your old carpet if the retailer you bought your carpet from doesn’t offer disposal services. Make sure they have a waste carrier’s license, as it’s illegal for them to remove waste without a licence from the Environment Agency.

According to Job Prices, it is estimated that a carpet fitter will charge between 50p and £1 per square metre of carpet and underlay. Additionally, Smoove Move suggests that fitters charge around £15–20 for all your old carpet to be disposed of. So it really just depends on the fitter whether or not they charge per square metre or for the whole lot. Your fitter will often include disposal as part of the uplift price (the same as retailers), so ask about it.

It might be worth contacting another local fitter if yours does not offer the service. On the website of the National Institute of Carpet and Floor Layers, you can find fitters in your area.

3. Reuse: how can I reuse old carpet in my home (as opposed to how can it be reused by others, and how do I get it to them)?

It could be reused for gardening, mats, animal bedding, offcuts or given away. The chances are slim that someone will want to buy or take an old dirty carpet off your hands because old carpets can sometimes be smelly and generally not nice, so new offcuts are more likely to be reusable.

If your carpet is in good condition, you can give it away for free on sites like Freecycle or charity shops. You can also sell your carpet on sites like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Gumtree if it’s in good condition. In most cases, the buyers will travel to your home to pick up the carpet, so only consider this option if you are comfortable having a stranger around your home and are prepared to accept the possibility that they won’t be interested.

In the garden, you can also reuse carpet, and it does not have to be in good condition to do so. If you place the carpet upside down and cover it with bark mulch, weeds will not grow. It can also be used to keep vegetable patches weed-free. You can also ask local groups for help with your old carpet, and you can find local groups online here if you don’t have a green thumb.

If your carpet is in good condition, you can use it again. You can make it a mat—cut it into the right shape and you can use it as door mats or runners. If you want it to look more professional, you could even hire a carpet washer to give it an edge. At Battersea Dogs, they say they’re always looking for scratching posts and carpet squares. It only takes a few staples or a few drops of glue to make your own scratching post.

You could cut offcuts into small squares to place underneath furniture feet to prevent damage to new floors. Or, if the offcuts come from a new carpet, you could stain them to see how they work as stain removers.

4.Can I take the carpet to the local landfill?

In most cases, carpet can be disposed of for free at a local recycling centre if you are a householder. There are only a few downsides to this (assuming you have a car): you may need to make several trips, and you may end up with a lot of carpet fluff in your car. Furthermore, in a rural area, your nearest tip can be quite far away, so you might just want to hire someone else to take care of it.

Based on the research we’ve done, most councils and dumps do accept carpets, but you should still check with yours just in case.

Businesses can’t take their trash to the council dump like homeowners can, because doing so can cost them more money.

5. Does your local council collect bulky waste from residential residences?

There are some councils that accept carpet in their bulky waste collection services and some councils that don’t. Businesses can’t use the council’s bulky waste services. For example, Glasgow council collects carpets as bulky waste for residents. To find out what your local council offers, contact them. Charges vary, but are generally cheaper than using a private waste company.

6. Skip hire: Can I put carpet in a skip?

You can hire a skip if you have enough carpet to fill it. Skip hire prices vary depending on the skip size, postcode, and location, so you should check out our skip hire guide for more information.

7. Man and van clearance – hire a waste removal company to remove your carpet.

If you want to get rid of your old carpet for less money, use a man and van company like ourselves. Unlike skip hire, you don’t need to guess the right size in advance (man & van contractors can adjust the price on site) and they can pick it up from anywhere on the premises – which is handy if you live in a flat that doesn’t have a skip. You can find more information on man and van rubbish removal by visiting our rubbish clearance guide.

8. Carpet removal – DIY, carpet fitters, or waste haulers

Your carpet will need to be lifted off the floor before you can dispose of it.

The process of removing carpet yourself is relatively straightforward. You will need a few tools (utility knife, pliers, crowbar, gloves). You will need to pull the carpet up, cutting it into strip sections as you go and rolling and duct taping it to make it easy to transport out of the room. For further help on pulling up carpet, please read our full guide here. Use the same method to remove the underlay. Finally, slide the crowbar underneath to lift them up.

It is also possible to hire a professional to do it if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. If your carpet fitter can lift your old carpet, they may include carpet disposal in the price if they are willing to do so for an additional fee. You can also ask your trash service, for an extra fee, to pick up your carpet.

9. Where does carpet go if it’s not reused?

The carpet is either recycled or disposed of if it cannot be reused. However, recycling old carpet is tricky due to the difficulty of separating the backing from the pile. Wool and nylon, which are used in carpets, are hard to recycle as well. Since carpet padding is made of foam, many recycling centres are willing to accept it since it’s easier to recycle. You can find tonnes of information and advice on recycling carpet on the website of Carpet Recycling UK, a non-profit organisation focused on reducing carpet waste.

10. Why Carpets Do Not Belong in Landfills

The biodegradation of carpets in landfills is extremely slow and creates methane. So its not really a viable option.

Get in touch with us if you are looking for a reliable Carpet Disposal company in Glasgow.

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