NOTICE 4/5/2024 @ 7:30am: North Kent Waste & Recycling Center is in the final stretch of its expansion construction. Our recycling drop-off stations at this site have been temporarily moved — click here for the details. Stay tuned here on our website or our social media for updates!

Carpet & Carpet Padding

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

If your carpet item is still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider donating or repurposing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items.

Check out some of the Community Diposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.

Additionally, a quick internet search can provide you with some creative ways to reuse some of that carpet, carpet padding, and rug material!

Carpet and carpet padding is NOT compostable.

Rugs, carpet, and carpet padding SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.

Due to their heavy, bulky, and flexible nature, these items can potentially cause harm by landing on a staff member’s hand while sorting or jam up and tangle sorting machines preventing recyclables from getting recycled at all.

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.

Carpet and carpet padding does not qualify as hazardous waste.

Keeping carpet and carpet padding out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use! However, if you cannot donate or repurpose your carpet or rug, this type of waste is acceptable in your trash or can be landfilled at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential trash drop-offs for a fee:

The links above can provide the location address and hours of service.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.

FIBR Carpet Recycling
7384 S Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Accepts all types of carpet tiles and offers free carpet reclamation services for bulk recycling projects.  Does not accept Broadloom carpet or padding.

Also have an additional location: 6388 Byron Rd. Zeeland, MI 49464

Learn More

Habitat for Humanity

Accepts new and gently used building materials and home improvement products for resale at discounted prices, including lumber, trim, stain/paint, windows, doors, working appliances, furniture, flooring, etc.  Accepts vehicles for donation.

Multiple locations.

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