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Question received the week of August 11th,
I have one of these hand tufted rugs with a rubber odor, and would like to know what the best way is to
dispose or recycle the rug without adding it to a landfill. Great web site and thanks for your help.
is an excellent question you have... Although I'm afraid there's no
one great answer.
There is such a thing as "carpet recycling," however,
this process is pretty much exclusive to synthetic based wall-to-wall
carpeting. I believe this includes nylon, olefin, polypropylene, etc.
There are other programs which exist for recycling carpet samples such as Ample Sample's contest, but again, not necessarily for wool tufted rugs...
Options for hand tufted rug recycling are pretty limited. There's really not much one
can do other than sell, donate, use in a different area, or dispose of
such a rug. Probably the best thing to do would be to contact your local recycling center. (added 2/23/09: very informative article about tufted rugs)
Certainly these rugs pose somewhat of a headache in
this respect. Although don't lose faith in all tufted rugs, there are
manufacturers who are really getting good at limiting this odor over
time. If we were in your position, before disposing of the rug, the best option would be to use the rug in another area. Certainly it's never advisable to hand the rug to a new owner or to donate it knowing an odor exists which is virtually impossible to eliminate. However, if you can cover up your garage epoxy with an old hand tufted wool rug, this certainly is the best discount to purchasing another area rug and keeping the present one out of a landfill.
Thanks for a great question, if any readers have additional suggestions, please comment at the bottom of this page!
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