Nearly all rugs are recyclable, but each rug has different fibers and chemical compositions, so it's usually done on a case-by-case basis. The carpet is recycled back into plastic resin to use for automotive, transportation, construction, and home and garden industries. The best thing to do is go into your flooring expert's carpet showroom and get some ideas from them, but you should also check with your local sanitation department to see if there are special requirements for disposal.
Don't throw it out! How to reuse your carpet flooring
You can send it to the landfill for recycling, or use some of your creative ideas for reclaiming it. One idea is to turn into an area rug! A lot of times, your carpet floors will look worn. While they might be ready for replacement, you might not be, either because of sentimental or monetary value (Oriental rugs are very pricey!). Simply have them cut and let the rug binder finish the edges.
You'll have your unique design and save money to boot.
Other uses for old rugs are to have them made into mats, whether for entryways, cars or kennels, or a sound absorber to line the walls of your basement (musicians and sound editors love the latter idea.)
Reusing carpets: questions and answers
Can it a rug ever become a donation?
Answer: Sometimes. If the carpet is new or unused, some charities may accept it. Because of health concerns, used rugs will not be.
What material can be recycled to make carpet? Answer:
Many fibers, such as nylon, olefin are made from plastic fibers, so, more and more, manufacturers have been using bottles.
Should I rip up the rug myself? Answer: Carpet removal and disposal are often part of the installation process; check to see what your's covers.
If you live in Central Vermont, especially East Montpelier, Morrisville, Stowe, Waterbury, VT recycling, contact Delair's Carpet Barn. Our showroom is in East Montpelier, VT. We'll tell you all you need to know about carpet flooring, as well as offering free in-home measuring.