How can I reuse or recycle old carpet?
One of my projects for the summer is to redecorate the attic room – partly because we’ll need an office up there soon but mostly because I’ve been intending to decorate it for the best part of six years now and it’s getting beyond a joke.
Given the “yeah, I’ll do it this year” attitude to decorating it for the past two-thirds of a decade, we’ve not been that careful on the carpet up there – it’s covered in soot (from trips under the eaves), paint (from when I knocked over some tester pots when I was thinking of painting it a couple of years ago) and blobs of plaster (from the proposed decorating moment before that). And it’s a impractically pale colour that was put in at least a few years before I moved into the house.
So… a bit of future recycling planning because we haven’t the room to store it – what can I do with an old, slightly manky carpet?
- Reduce: If it still in good condition – or at least a sizeable part of it is in good condition, offer it on Freecycle to see if anyone else can use to carpet a smaller room.
- Reuse: Carpet is a good insulator – use it around a compost heap to keep it warm in the winter (warmth helps the composting process) or on the floor of your greenhouse so plants don’t get as cold in frosty weather.
- Recycle: Depending on what the carpet is made from, you might be able to recycle it – contact your local recycling depot and ask.
- See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas