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Recycle Carpet to Save Landfill Space

July 20, 2017.

Are there beautiful hardwoods hiding under the carpet in your home? Is it time for new flooring after years of foot traffic and spills? Whatever your reason for removing the carpeting, carpet disposal can be a hassle. The Carpet America Recovery Effort estimates that up to 5 billion pounds of carpet ends up in landfills each year. What if you don’t want to contribute to that staggering number?

In many cases, flooring companies who sell and install new flooring will include haul-off of old carpet in the price of installation. If you’re going the do-it-yourself route or want to be absolutely sure your carpet doesn’t end up in a landfill, this may not be an option. When you’re ready to get rid of the carpet without contributing to a landfill, recycling is the ideal solution.

How Does Carpet Recycling Work?

Because carpets can be made from such a wide variety of materials, how it’s recycled often varies. Some materials are much easier to recycle than others, though foam padding is always recyclable. Depending on the type of carpet you have, it could be turned into anything from roofing shingles to furniture batting. Before it takes on a new life, it must first reach the recycling center.

Curbside recycling programs are not equipped to handle the bulk of carpet, though many recycling centers will accept carpeting dropped off at their facilities. This creates a challenge for many homeowners, both physically and from a logistical standpoint. First and foremost, old carpet is heavy, difficult to move, and likely not very pleasant-smelling. Beyond that, an average room of carpet can easily fill a standard pickup truck bed, with more loads necessary for whole-house carpet removal.

It’s also wise to keep in mind that specialty carpet recycling programs often have very particular rules regarding condition and presentation. Many require pieces to be six feet in length at the maximum, free of debris and hardware, and rolled and tied with twine or string. While these rules are likely to vary from one facility to the next, they are the norm.

How to Recycle Carpet the Easy Way

You want to do the right thing for the environment, but who has time to make sure each piece of carpet is cleaned, measured, rolled and tied before recycling? If you’re not up to the task of managing these common but particular guidelines, calling in the professionals is your best bet. By outsourcing preparation, hauling and drop-off, you’re able to save your back while also doing your part to save the planet.

Our trained and courteous Jiffy Junk professionals will come to your home or place of business to handle all the work of helping you recycle carpet. We’ll make sure the carpet you’ve removed is cleared of large debris, rolled, and ready to go to the appropriate recycling facility.

Serving residential and commercial clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, we’re the experts in cleaning, clearing and decluttering any space.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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