Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Carpet

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM

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Did you know that wall-to-wall carpet from just one standard 12 x 15 ft room takes 8 gallons of oil and 900,000 BTUs to make, and when you get rid of it, it adds 90 pounds of bulky waste to a landfill?

Carpet Tiles



Listen to BOB VILA ON RECYCLING CARPET, or read the text below:

Because using reclaimed materials saves them money, many carpet manufacturers offer to recycle old carpet for free. Through a process of depolymerization and purification, carpet materials like nylon 6 can be recycled into carpet pad, building materials, auto parts, and even more carpet.

Recycled carpet tiles, for instance, are really taking off.  Most measure between eighteen and thirty-six inches square, and come in vibrant colors and patterns that you can combine any way you like to create your own design. Carpet tiles are easy to cut with a utility knife and have a tacky backing so you don’t have to adhere them permanently to the subfloor.  So when someone stains the carpet, you don’t have to panic;  just peel the stained tile up and replace it!

Check out to find carpet recycling contractors in your area.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on flooring, consider:

Carpeting 101
Wood Flooring 101
Choosing the Right Floor Covering