Frequently Asked Questions: Carpeting & Rugs

We've helped countless business & homeowners remove their old and musty carpeting from their space - Here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of carpeting or rugs.

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Carpeting & Rug FAQs

Can old carpet be recycled?

Even though your carpet has reached the end of its life in your home, that doesn't mean it can't be repurposed to create new products. Old carpeting can be recycled and used to create new carpet, as well as plastic parts for auto interiors and engines, industrial flooring, and even parking barriers.

Carpet is basically made up of plastics, which means the main components are complex hydrocarbons - substances that come from fossil fuels. Since coal and natural gas are limited resources, it's especially important to conserve these fuels by recycling carpet rather than using up the earth's precious supply of fuel to create new carpet.

Recycling your old, unwanted carpet offers two primary advantages over putting it out with the trash. First, carpet manufacturers won't have to consume as much energy or raw materials like water and fuel. Second, recycling prevents all of that old carpeting (and its hydrocarbons) from ending up in America's landfills. When a carpet is brought to a recycling center, it is broken down into its raw components so it can be reused in new products. A common raw material carpet creates is plastic resin which is reused in many household products, including new carpet!

If you’re not sure how to go about recycling your carpet on your own, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call.

Can you throw carpet in a dumpster?

If you have smaller amounts of old carpet to get rid of, you might be able to throw it in the dumpster. However, it’s not the best way to deal with removing old carpet. Check with your local municipality to see if they offer carpet removal pick up—you may need to transport it to the dump or recycling facility on your own.   

Old ripped up carpets can be bulky and tedious to get rid of on your own. That’s where 1-800-GOT-JUNK? comes in! We specialize carpet removal and can take care of everything for you. All you have to do is point, and your carpet disappears! Give us a call today.

Can 1-800-GOT-JUNK? rip up my carpet and haul it away?

Yes! The team members at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? are professionally trained to handle the toughest jobs, including ripping up your old carpet and removing it for you. We always do our best to recycle any old carpeting.

What happens to old carpet when it’s sent to the landfill?

While there are carpets and rugs that are made of natural fibers, many are made up of materials like nylon, polyester, and urethane foam. These substances don’t break down naturally, which means that they can end up sitting in landfills for years. As they sit the landfill, the chemicals used to make the carpet can release toxins into the air and pollute the water and soil.

This is why it’s so important to recycle carpet when possible. When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’ll handle your carpet recycling for you. We’ll pick up your old carpet, load it into our truck, and ensure it gets recycled or properly disposed of.

How do I remove different types of carpets?

Carpet removal can be tough and typically requires professional help. In order to properly remove the carpet, you need to pull out the padding, which is often stapled to the floor. This often requires all sorts of tools to finish the job, which you may not already have on hand.

When you’re ready to bring in some carpet removal professionals, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. Our friendly crew is ready to get that old carpet out of your way. We can help rip out the carpet for you, taking care to remove those sharp staples and loading the carpet into our truck. You won’t have to lift a finger and we’ll even sweep up the area when we’re done.  

Will new carpeting help my allergies?

Older carpets and the padding beneath them can absorb all sorts of dust and other allergen-containing particles that float around in the air. Over time, these can cause allergic reactions and related symptoms. New carpeting definitely helps with allergies, as it hasn’t yet absorbed all the dust and allergens. If you’re getting new carpet installed and need to get rid of your old carpet, our crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is in your neighborhood and happy to help remove your old carpet. Just give us a call or book online!

What's the best way to store old carpeting or rugs?

If you’re not planning to use your old carpet or rug again, why store it at all? It’s always best to get rid of old carpeting or rugs that you no longer need and free up some space in your home. When you’re ready to get rid of your old carpet, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. We’ll do all the heavy lifting—you won’t have to lift a finger!  

Can carpets go to the landfill?

Unfortunately, carpets contain tons of fibers that make it impossible to be broken down in a landfill. Each piece of carpet has a different chemical makeup, so it’s better to leave it up to experts like our crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help you take it away and dispose of it properly.