Dispose linoleum: what you need to consider

Linoleum is in and of itself a pure natural substance - however, it may contain other substances that may be problematic to dispose of. Read more here.

Linoleum is predominantly made of natural material

Linoleum is a very old floor covering whose basic composition has changed only insignificantly to this day. As usual in earlier times, natural products are still used in production today.

These are in the main:

  • Linseed oil (derived from flaxseed)
  • Wood flour and cork flour
  • limestone powder

Linoleum can be disposed of without any problem. Problematic may be at most admixtures in the case of waste:

  • Lead and cobalt with very old linoleum as ingredient, today only manganese
  • Glue leftovers

Titanium dioxide is also used today to give linoleum its coloring. It serves as a whitener. In the case of linoleum, some metals may even be added as an admixture, which is fundamentally unproblematic; with lead and cobalt, as well as with harmful adhesive residues, the special provisions must then be adhered to.

As a rule, linoleum can be disposed of without any problem

Usually, you do not have to worry about disposing of modern linoleum. Only very old linoleum can be problematic, possibly when disposing of a historic - or at least very old - building.

In any case, if you are unsure, contact your local waste collection center to clarify where and how to dispose of your linoleum remainders properly and in an environmentally friendly manner. The waste code for the substance linoleum is 20 02 02 in Germany. In most cases, however, this is mixed waste.

Except for lead and cobalt, there are only harmless ingredients in linoleum - this can be quite different with modern floor coverings. Linoleum is therefore also a very harmless floor covering for the environment, which also ensures a climate that is free of harmful substances inside the house.

Tips & Tricks

In the case of linoleum wall fixtures, nails and other metal fixtures may also be required - in any case, you can dispose of them separately and thus recycle them. The scrap dealer in your area is certainly happy about it.

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