Can I put carpet in a skip?

Posted on 29 March 2024

In the UK, an astonishing 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste finds its way to landfill annually, a figure that not only impacts our environment but also represents a missed opportunity for recycling. The good news? Most carpets can indeed be recycled, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional disposal methods. WasteOnline is committed to leading the charge in carpet recycling efforts, ensuring your old carpets are repurposed efficiently and responsibly.

The Reality of Carpet Recycling

Contrary to widespread belief, carpet recycling is a viable and increasingly accessible option across the UK. At WasteOnline, we prioritise the recycling of materials collected in our skips, with a significant focus on carpets. The majority of carpets, crafted from materials like wool or nylon synthetics, are perfectly suited for recycling. However, carpets made from petroleum-based synthetic fibres might present recycling challenges. Always check the carpet’s label or consult the manufacturer’s website to determine its composition and recyclability.

Choosing the Right Skip for Your Carpet

Selecting the appropriate skip size is crucial to ensure an efficient recycling process without incurring unnecessary costs. Opting for a skip that’s too small could result in penalties for overfilling, while a skip that’s too large means paying for space you don’t need. The size of the skip required for recycling a carpet depends on the carpet’s dimensions. Though cutting or shredding the carpet is not recommended due to potential issues in the sorting process, folding the carpet can help conserve skip space.

Safe Carpet Removal Tips

Removing a carpet doesn’t always require professional services. If you’re comfortable with DIY tasks, you can undertake carpet removal yourself, potentially saving money. Here are some essential tips for safe and successful carpet removal:

  1. Wear Protective Gear: Ensure your safety by wearing gloves and protective eyewear to avoid injuries.
  2. Detach Carpet from Tack Strip: Carefully detach the carpet from the tack strips along the edges of the room.
  3. Remove the Carpet Pad: If applicable, remove the underlying carpet pad, which may require additional care to avoid tearing.
  4. Dispose of Tack Strips: Safely remove and dispose of the tack strips if you plan to replace the flooring entirely.

Recycling with WasteOnline: A Sustainable Choice

At WasteOnline, we believe in making carpet recycling as straightforward and effective as possible. By choosing to recycle your old carpets through our skip hire services, you’re not only making a cost-effective decision but also contributing to a healthier planet. Our commitment to maximising recycling rates from the skips we collect ensures that your carpet disposal choices support environmental sustainability.

In conclusion, the task of disposing of old carpets doesn’t need to be daunting or harmful to the environment. By selecting the right skip size from WasteOnline and preparing your carpets correctly, you can contribute to the recycling effort, ensuring a greener future. Remember, accurate determination of your carpet’s recyclability and proper preparation for skip disposal are key steps in this eco-friendly journey.


Properly loading your old carpet into the skip can significantly conserve space, thereby saving money by potentially avoiding the need for a larger skip. Here are actionable steps to ensure you pack your carpet in the most space-efficient way:

Step 1: Preparation

Before you begin, ensure the carpet is clean and dry to avoid adding unnecessary weight. Dirt and moisture can increase the weight of the carpet, potentially leading to extra charges.

Step 2: Roll, Don’t Fold

  • Roll Your Carpet: Start by rolling your carpet tightly rather than folding it. Rolling minimises the amount of space the carpet occupies.
  • Secure the Roll: Use strong tape or twine to secure the rolled carpet. This prevents it from unrolling and taking up more space in the skip.

Step 3: Cut Into Sections

For particularly large carpets that may not fit into the skip as a single roll:

  • Cut the Carpet: Slice the carpet into manageable sections. A utility knife works best for this. Remember, the goal is to make the carpet easier to handle and load, not to shred it into small pieces which could complicate recycling processes.
  • Roll and Secure Each Section: Follow the same process as above, rolling and securing each section tightly.

Step 4: Strategic Loading

  • Load Carpets First: Place carpet rolls at the bottom of the skip. Their cylindrical shape and flexibility allow them to fit snugly together, forming a solid base for other types of waste.
  • Fill Gaps: Use smaller items of waste to fill in the gaps between carpet rolls. This maximises the use of available space and prevents movement during transit.

Step 5: Layer and Compress

  • Layer Wisely: After the carpet layer, continue to load the skip in layers, compressing waste as much as possible to eliminate air pockets.
  • Top Off With Light Waste: Finish with lighter, more compressible waste to make the most of the skip’s vertical space.

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