Keeping Carpet Out of Landfills

Carpet in Landfill

Carpet takes over 50 years to decompose in landfills.

Over five billion pounds of carpet end up in our landfills each year, according to the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).

Most of this carpet disposal is from office buildings, retail establishments, public venues, and government facilities.  In fact, It is estimated that commercial carpet disposal it ranges from 75% to 90% of all carpet disposal.

On average, carpet accounts for just about 1 percent of all municipal solid waste by weight.  But in the landfill, it is one of the more bulkier items.

Since carpet takes over 50 years to decompose, many landfills no longer accept carpet.

CLS supports a dual-track for decreasing the amount of carpet that ends up in landfills.  First, we maintain your carpeted surfaces to provide the longest life possible.  We have customers with carpet that is nearly 20 years old.

Second, when you need to replace your carpet, we will recommend local recycling resources. Who knows where you might find that recycled carpet, as it is used in a number of products, such as:

  • Composite lumber (decking and sheets)
  • Tile backer board
  • Roofing shingles
  • Railroad ties
  • Automotive parts
  • Carpet Cushion
  • Stepping stones

Check out some of the other reclamation opportunities for carpet recycling, such as substitute for natural hay bales on construction sites, fencing, sound barriers, and landscaping systems to name a few.