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How can you dispose of old carpeting?

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Dispose of old carpeting by having it picked up by the garbage collector or sending it to a carpet recycling facility. Some humanitarian organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army, may also accept gently used carpets as donations.

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Garbage collectors usually collect old, worn and torn carpets that cannot be donated or recycled during bulk pick-up days. If a bulk pick-up day is not available in your area, you may leave it at public drop-off locations.

Some carpet manufacturers, such as Shaw Floors, operate a recycling facility, providing consumers the option to send old carpets and padding for recycling. If you are having a new carpet installed, ask your installer about removal options. Many retailers employ reputable carpet installers who can send the old carpet to a local carpet recycler. You may also check the Carpet America Recovery Effort website to find a carpet collector or a carpet recycler near your area.

Gently used carpets may be donated to local charity, such as a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army. The Adult Rehabilitation Center of Salvation Army often needs gently used rugs and carpets as donations. The organization also sells donated items and uses the collected money to fund their ongoing projects. Some chapters of Habitat for Humanity accept carpet donations as long as they are not stained, worn, torn or have a musty odor.

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