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Carpet

From mats to rugs through to underlay.

Research shows that 6 percent or 46 tonnes per week of textiles (carpet, clothing and fabric) is disposed to the Southland Regional Landfill each year.

Reduce

There are alternatives to laying carpet and underlay

  • Polished wooden or concrete floors
  • Lay individual carpet tiles.  When a tile is worn, replace it (as opposed to replacing the whole carpet).

Reuse

  • Check with the manufacturer if they have a carpet-recycling programme
  • Use in you garden as mulch or between rows of plants to prevent weeds
  • Cut up carpet for use as floor mats in hallways, in cars or to line the car boot
  • Cut into small circles and place under the feet of heavy furniture
  • Take old mats and rugs on camping holidays to use as a door-mat or flooring
  • Old pieces of carpet can be used to cover your compost bins/worm farm
  • Use as animal bedding
  • Donate it
  • On-sell it

Recycle

No, carpet cannot be recycled, unless the manufacturer has a carpet-recycling programme

Disposal

If you are unable to reuse your carpet, the next best practical option is to dispose of it at the landfill through your local transfer station.

Where do I dispose of it?