It typically costs between 5 and 25 cents per pound to recycle carpet, as of 2015. The cost depends on the type of carpet, the process used to install the carpet and the carpet's geographical location.
Many factors contribute to the cost of recycling carpet. The process of recycling carpet is lengthy, requiring steps such as picking up the carpet, identifying what types of fibers it is made of, breaking it down, converting it into product suitable for sale and transporting the end result to a manufacturer. Each of these steps cost money, contributing to the cost of recycling. The website for the Carpet America Recovery Effort, an organization dedicated to reducing landfill waste and recycling carpet, features more information about carpet recycling, including a map of carpet reclamation partners throughout the United States.