Disposal and Recycling your Laminate, wood flooring and carpets
What is the correct way to dispose of laminate flooring and can it be recycled?
Disposal is no problem whatsoever. Pieces left over from laying and any other individual pieces can be disposed of along with normal household waste. Where complete floors are taken up, however, these should be taken directly to the waste disposal site.
Since laminate flooring is composed of 80 percent wood, it can be burnt without reservation just like other wood-based products.
Thanks to new technologies it is now also possible to recycle laminate flooring. Reduced to chips or fibres, 85 percent of the mass of a laminate flooring product can be returned to the production process. As culture substrates they can even be used in agriculture and landscaping.
Each year 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste is buried in UK landfill.
Increasingly, businesses, householders and local authorities are looking for better alternatives for the recycling of unwanted carpet materials. We help ensure that the growing demand for carpet recycling services is met.
Carpets are made from natural and synthetic fibres, which still have a value once the carpet is no longer wanted; they can be used in a wide range of applications from sports surfaces to insulation.
Natural flooring made out of plant fibre, like sisal, jute, coir and seagrass are also a good alternative to synthetic fibre carpets. Recycled and natural carpets are a good option. Wool is one of the ultimate sustainable materials and is 100% biodegradable when produced with natural jute backing.
What Can I Do With My Old Carpet?
Freecycle: Donate your carpet online: http://www.freecycle.org
Furniture Reuse Network: Donate to your nearest reuse organisation: more details available at www.frn.org.uk
Local Allotments: Wool rich carpet can help keep weeds at bay on paths and in plots. It is also used for insulating compost heaps or the soil in the winter. Wool carpet also has very high nitrogen content which has been proven to considerably increase growth and improve growth rate.
Local Animal Rescue Shelter: Carpet pieces make good mats for kennels especially in the winter to keep animals warm.
Anti-frost Windscreen Covers: Cutting a piece to size for your car windscreen will save time (and your hands) defrosting in the winter mornings.
Insulation: If it is not in the way in your loft keep it there for added insulation! It will retain heat in your home, which will lower your heating bills.
Pond Liner: Carpet can be used for lining ponds.
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Recyclers: Our Recycler members are mainly looking for bulky waste carpet, so if you have carpet from a house the first step would be to contact your local authority to see whether they offer a recycling service.
For a full list of specialist recyclers go to Find A Recycler Near Me at www.carpetrecyclinguk.com
Carpets can also be disposed of at any of your local Waste and Recycling Centres in the landfill container.
For more information on Carpet Recycling visit www.carpetrecyclinguk.com