Dispose of old carpet properly and in accordance with the regulations

When disposing of the contained manufacturing materials are crucial. While pure natural materials such as wool and silk decompose organically, synthetic fibers of all kinds are considered hazardous waste. In addition, it is common for large carpets that, for reasons of space, disposal in household waste would usually not be possible.

Loose and floating laid carpeting

If carpeting needs to be disposed of, the type of fixing on the ground plays a major role. Floating or only occasionally fixed carpets can usually be removed "sorted". The carpet to be disposed consists in most cases of a plastic such as polypropylene, which must be supplied to a corresponding special recycling.

Although manufacturers and industry have long been researching the recycling and recyclability of synthetic fiber products, no meaningful technical implementation has been found to date. Therefore, old carpets must be burned in firing systems with special filter technology to retain the leaking toxic plastic fumes.

Full-surface bonded carpets

When disassembling fully bonded carpet, the age must be considered. Until about forty years ago, both surfaces and rugs were produced with asbestos fibers. If this is the case, it is dangerous hazardous waste, for which special disposal rules apply. This includes closed storage and safe transport.

If, when removing the carpet, large amounts of mortar or screed residue stick to the bottom of the carpet, separating the materials may be advisable or necessary. For material mixes with more than twenty percent buildup, disposal companies often declare the carpet as rubble. For him, other disposal rules apply than for pure carpet. For rubble disposal fees are often charged.

Loose plastic carpets

For loose plastic carpets, which also include woven carpets made of natural fibers, whose woven mats are made of plastic, the same rules apply as for loose carpeting. Carpets with a maximum page size of up to 1.20 meters can be delivered to the disposal site in one go.

For larger carpets, as for disassembled carpets, it is recommended to cut the carpet into pieces of about one square meter. If shredded carpet residues caused by milling or a carpet stripper are incurred, they must be disposed of in garbage bags without interference from other waste.

Further use of natural carpets

For completely made of natural materials rugs can be thought about misappropriated reuse. The following ideas can lead an old woolen or silk carpet to a meaningful connection usage:

  • Display on loose soil in sheds, sheds or the like
  • Insulation material on wooden walls or under roofing
  • Grated as pourable insulating material
  • As a pet storage and sleeping quarters in kennels, outdoor enclosure or aviary
  • Well preserved individual pieces as vehicle floor mats
  • Upholstery or impact protection for boats, jetties and boat trailers
  • Cut to size as knee protection mats for gardening
  • Fußabtretermatten
  • In good condition and appropriate design as a play mat

Tips & Tricks

Even if the carpet is made of natural fibers, you can not compost it. The tissue including the fat content has rotting times of several years to decades.

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