Recycle for Scotland

What to do with carpets and rugs?

06 APR 20 | 1 minute read

If you have carpets and rugs that you don’t need any more, there are lots of options for getting rid of them…

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Not accepted in household recycling.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Recycling facilities exist

Check to see if your council offers a collection service, or you could take it to your local recycling centre.

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It’s useful for insulating compost heaps or keeping weeds at bay on vegetable plots and paths. Wool rich carpets also make great mulch!

What can you do?

  1. Cut your carpet or rug to size and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost

  2. 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

  3. If they are in good condition, check to see if your friends or family could use them. Otherwise pass them on for free using websites such as Freecycle and Freegle

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.