How To Dispose of a Carpet

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When it comes to sprucing up your home, replacing an old or worn-out carpet can make a world of difference. But once you've got your brand-new carpet fitted and looking lovely, there's one question that often leaves homeowners scratching their heads - "What do I do with my old carpet?"

Disposing of a carpet isn't as straightforward as tossing it in your regular rubbish bin. It's a bulky item, heavy and cumbersome, and requires a bit more thought and planning. Moreover, the way you dispose of your carpet matters not just for ease and convenience, but also for our environment.

That's where we at HIPPO come in. We understand that you've got enough on your plate without worrying about what to do with your old carpet. That's why we've designed services specifically tailored to help you dispose of your carpet in a way that's not just easy, but also responsible and environmentally friendly. So, whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a professional tradesperson, our HIPPOBAG and Skip Hire services are here to take the headache out of carpet disposal. In this guide, we'll walk you through how to dispose of your carpet using these services, as well as other free methods available. Let's dive in!

Understanding the Task: Carpet Disposal

Proper carpet disposal is more important than you might initially think. Carpets are bulky items, often heavy and unwieldy, which can make getting rid of them a bit of a challenge. Furthermore, many homeowners don't realise that carpets are made from a variety of materials - some natural, like wool, and others synthetic, like nylon or polyester. This mix of materials can make carpets difficult to break down, meaning they can linger in landfills for as long as 40 years if not disposed of properly.

Recycling carpets and their underlay is a more sustainable option compared to sending them to landfills. When a carpet is recycled, it's broken down into its raw materials which can then be processed and reused. For instance, these materials can be repurposed for things like interiors and flooring for vehicles. Carpet underlay, the material underneath a carpet, can also be recycled and is used for insulation and sports pitches.

The size of your carpet is another factor to consider. A standard roll of carpet can cover a large room, which means when it's time to dispose of it, you're dealing with a significant amount of material. This isn't something that can simply be folded up and placed in your household bin. Even if you cut the carpet into smaller pieces, its weight can still be a challenge.

But don't worry, this isn't a task you need to tackle alone. We at HIPPO are here to help, with services designed to handle these bulky items. Whether it's a small room's carpet or a whole house's worth, our HIPPOBAG and Skip Hire services can make the disposal process much more manageable. In the following sections, we'll explain how you can utilise these services to take the stress out of carpet disposal.

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Preparing the Carpet for Disposal

Before you can dispose of your carpet, there are a few steps you'll need to follow to prepare it properly. Here's a straightforward guide to help you get started:

Clear the area: Make sure all furniture is removed from the carpeted area. This includes small items like rugs and decorations, as well as larger pieces like tables and sofas.

Start from the corners: Use a utility knife to cut a small section of the carpet near one of the corners.

Roll it up: Once you've cut the corner, start to pull up the carpet and roll it into a manageable size. This may require some effort, as carpets can be quite heavy and well-attached to the floor.

Cut into sections: If the carpet is too large or heavy to manage as one piece, consider cutting it into smaller sections. This will make it easier to handle and dispose of.

Secure the rolls: Once your carpet is rolled up, use duct tape or string to secure it. This will ensure it stays rolled up during transportation and disposal.

Don't forget the underlay: If you have carpet underlay, you'll need to remove and roll this up separately. Underlay can often be recycled, so check with your local council or recycling centre.

Remember, safety is paramount when handling tools like utility knives. Always cut away from your body and keep your free hand clear of the cutting line.

With your carpet prepared and ready to go, it's time to choose your disposal method. In the next sections, we'll explain how you can use HIPPO's services to make this process a breeze.

Old carpet underlay being removed from a room

Using the HIPPOBAG Service for Carpet Disposal

One of the easiest and most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your old carpet is with our HIPPOBAG service. Designed with convenience in mind, this service is perfect for managing the disposal of bulky items like carpets.

Here's how it works:

Order your HIPPOBAG: Visit our HIPPOBAG page and choose the size that best fits your needs. We have three sizes available - the HIPPOSKIP, perfect for large clear-outs; the MEGABAG, ideal for kitchen or bathroom refits; and the MIDIBAG, great for smaller DIY projects.

Flatpack delivery: One of the great advantages of the HIPPOBAG service is that the bag is delivered to you flat packed. This means we're not transporting large, empty skip containers around the country, which helps us reduce our carbon footprint.

Fill your HIPPOBAG: Once you receive your HIPPOBAG, simply fill it with your old carpet. Remember to roll and secure your carpet as we outlined in the previous section.

Collection: When your bag is full and ready for collection, book a collection date through our website. We'll come and collect your bag, taking care of the disposal for you.

Responsible disposal: After collection, we ensure your carpet is disposed of responsibly. We strive to divert from landfill, using licensed facilities that recover and recycle materials wherever possible.

By using the HIPPOBAG service, not only are you disposing of your old carpet in a convenient manner, but you're also doing your bit for the environment. Our commitment to reducing waste and promoting recycling means that choosing HIPPO is a choice for a greener future.

Hiring a Skip for Larger Carpet Disposal Projects

While our HIPPOBAG service is ideal for most carpet disposal needs, there are instances where you might require a larger solution. This is especially true if you're undertaking a big home renovation project or replacing carpets in multiple rooms. In such cases, our Skip Hire service could be the perfect fit.

Here's how it works:

Choose your skip size: We offer a variety of skip sizes to cater to different project needs. You can select from small, medium, and large skips depending on the size of your carpet disposal project. We even take care of the skip permit process for you if needed.

Schedule delivery: Once you've chosen the right skip size, you can schedule a delivery date and the length of time you need the skip for. We'll drop the skip off at your chosen location, ready for you to start filling.

Load Your Carpet: With the skip at your location, you can start loading your old carpet. Remember, it's best to roll and secure the carpet sections as described earlier to make the loading process easier.

Collection and Disposal: When you're finished, we’ll pick-up on the pre-arranged date when you ordered your skip hire service. We'll take care of the disposal, so you can rest easy knowing your carpet waste is being handled responsibly and recycled if the material can be used.

Although our HIPPOBAG service offers a more environmentally friendly delivery method with its flatpack design, our Skip Hire service provides the capacity needed for larger projects. If a bulky skip is not an ideal solution, remember you can order as many HIPPOBAGs as you need and place them outside for us to collect at your convenience. Regardless of the service you choose, HIPPO is committed to responsible and environmentally conscious waste management.

Basement with a repurposed old carpet fitted

Ways of Disposing Your Carpet for Free or a Small Fee

We understand that hiring a waste disposal service might not always be the best option for everyone. So, if you're looking for alternative methods to dispose of your old carpet, there are a few free and low-cost methods available:

Reuse: If your carpet is in relatively good condition, you might consider reusing it. Smaller pieces can be used as carpeting in sheds, workshops, garages, or as small mats and for pet bedding.

Donation: If your carpet is still in good shape, consider donating it. Many charities or community projects will gladly accept good-quality carpets. The Reuse Network is a great place to check if any local organisations collect or need used carpet.

Alternatively, you can list it on websites such as Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, trash nothing, etc. and see if there’s interest so it does not go to waste.

Take it to the tip: If you have a vehicle big enough, and don’t mind the mess, many council tips allow you to dispose of carpets. Check your local council website for more information and to see if you need to book a time slot before loading up.

Using a Carpet Retailer: A lot of carpet retailers and fitters will be more than happy to dispose of your carpet for you at an additional cost. This is one of the easiest ways to dispose of your carpet, with minimum hassle. However, fees to do this can be quite costly, depending on your chosen retailer/fitter.

Local council collection: Most local councils offer a bulk waste collection service, which can often include carpets. There may be a small charge for this service, but it's worth checking if it's available in your area.

If you are working on a budget or can spare the time communicating with people willing to take the carpet off your hands, we have now covered some of the free and cheaper alternatives for disposing of your carpet. If you're looking for a hassle-free and environmentally friendly method, HIPPO is always available to help with your carpet disposal needs.


When it comes to disposing of your old carpet, you have several options. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast undertaking a home renovation project or simply replacing an old carpet, it's important to dispose of your carpet responsibly.

At HIPPO, we're committed to helping you make the disposal process as straightforward and eco-friendly as possible. With our range of services, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your carpet disposal is being handled responsibly.

So why wait? Whether you need a HIPPOBAG or a skip, we're here to help. Order today and let us take the stress out of carpet disposal. After all, your focus should be on enjoying your new carpet, not worrying about how to dispose of the old one.