If you have carpets and rugs that you don’t need any more, there are loads of ways you can dispose of them responsibly

If they're in good condition…

Get selling and make some money

  • Sell them online using sites like eBay and Gumtree
  • Put an ad in a local paper or shop window

Pass them on

  • Ask family and friends if they're in need of some carpet (you never know!) 

  • Give it to someone for free online -Freecycle and Freegle are great sites to use

  • Donate it to a charity or a re-use organisation - many offer a local collection service

If they've seen better days

  • Local gardeners or gardening groups might take them off your hands as carpet is useful for insulating compost heaps and keeping weeds at bay on vegetable plots and paths. Wool rich carpets also make a very good mulch
  • If you're building a garden pond, use old carpet to line it before you put the pond liner in - it protects the liner from sharp stones
  • Cut to size and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost

Recycle them

  • Check to see if your council offers a collection service or take them to your local recycling centre 
  • Often carpet shops will take away your old carpet when they fit your new one