Getting larger items out of your home can be a challenge. The easiest option seems to be putting it out on the curb with the rest of your trash. Find out if you can throw away old area rugs and what your other options for disposal are.
Can You Throw Away Area Rugs?
While many waste management companies do pick up area rugs as part of bulk pickup programs, you should not throw away area rugs because they end up in a landfill, adding to waste and leaching toxic substances.
What To Do with Old Area Rugs
Try to sell it: If your old area rug is still in good condition, Craigslist.org and Facebook Marketplace are great places to start. Just take pictures, give the proper dimensions, and be honest about any imperfections on it.
Find a new room for it: Your area rug might not be great for your living room anymore, but maybe your spare bedroom or basement could use an update. Some people even put it on their garage floor to make the space more accommodating for hanging out.
Donate it: Many nonprofits will accept area rugs in relatively good condition. Sometimes they will pick up your donation for free. Your rug goes to good use and you get it out of your home easily! Win-win.
Recycle it: Nearly all components of rugs can be recycled and turned into new products. Check for a multi-purpose recycling facility in your area. Sometimes, there is a fee for dropping it off.