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Carpet and Underlayment Disposal

Carpet and underlayment can be a real pain to dispose of for everyone involved. This is especially true if you only have a small amount of the stuff, as in not enough to fill a Clean-Up Bag, or Roll-Off Container. We put together a short guide to help make sure the disposal of your carpet and underlayment goes smoothly.

The best and easiest way to get ride of carpet and underlayment is to get a Roll-off Container or Clean-Up bag to put it in. You can load it in however it fits with little to no modification of the material. Meaning you don’t have to have it cut, or wrapped in any specific way. Just load it in that it fits and you’re good to go.

If you only have a small amount it becomes a little more difficult to get rid of. You don’t want to purchase a large container or bag for a small amount, but you can’t just let it lay in the garage. We’re happy to take carpet and underlayment on route for our weekly residential and commercial customers. We just have a few guidelines to make the disposal process easier for everyone.

  1. Cut the material into sections no wider than 4 ft.
    – Sections wider than 4 ft are difficult to maneuver and too wide to fit into the hopper of our sideload truck.
  2. Roll the sections up. The diameter of each roll should be no wider than about 1 ft for a 4 ft wide section.
    – Rolling the sections makes them easier for you to take to the curb, us to load into the truck, and for the truck to pack. Having them no wider than 1 ft in diameter assures that they’re light enough for all involved to handle safely and that they’re not too thick for the truck to pack.
  3. Secure each roll with a piece of tape or rope to assure it doesn’t come undone during disposal.
    – If you roll the carpet, but don’t secure it…there was very little point to rolling it in the first place. It will come unrolled and it’ll end up being a long flat piece that won’t fit in the truck.
  4. If underlayment is brittle and cannot be rolled, cut it into small chunks and put it in a trashcan or disposable box. Each box or trashcan should be under 40 pounds.
    – Old underlayment can get sort of dry rotted and brittle. Maybe dry rotted isn’t the right terminology, but you get the idea. If this is the case the best way to handle it is in a container that we can dump like a trashcan, or that we can throw away, like a box. Less mess, more efficient.
  5. Call our office to let us know you’ll be putting it out with your next pick-up day.
    – Our routes are set up that our trucks as full as possible before heading to the disposal facility. That is only accounting for typical weekly pick-up trash. That leaves very little room for extra trash during a day. To make sure that we’re going to have room to finish normal route, we ask that you call before putting out your rolls or carpet, or any extra for that matter. We can let you know if it’ll work for your next pick-up day, if it will need to wait until a different week, or if other arrangements need to be made.

All that being said, if you have enough material to equal more than four 4ftx1ft rolls, or more than two 40lb trashcans worth of underlayment we recommend getting a Clean-Up bag. Any more than 4 rolls from any one customer puts us at risk of not being able to finish our route before the truck is full.

Happy carpet ripping, folks!