Renfrewshire Council


As a last resort unwanted rugs should be taken to your nearest recycling site and placed in the general waste skips. These will be sent to landfill for disposal.

If they are in good condition:

Get selling and make some money

  • Sell it online at places like eBay and Gumtree
  • Or put an ad in the local paper or shop window

Pass them on

  • Ask family and friends, they could  need a piece of carpet
  • Pass it on for free online at places such as Freecycle and Freegle
  • Donate it to a charity or a re-use organisation - many offer a local collection service

If they have seen better days:

  • Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It is useful for insulating compost heaps, keeping weeds at bay on vegetable plots and on paths. Wool rich carpets also make a very good mulch!
  • If you are building a garden pond, use old carpet to line it before you put the pond liner in - it protects the liner from sharp stones
  • Cut to size and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost

Recycle them

  • Check to see if your council offers a collection service, or you could take it to your local recycling centre 
  • Often carpet shops will take away your old carpet when they fit your new one

More information about recycling carpets is available at Carpet Recycling UK