Send to a Foam Recycler
Rebond carpet foam can be recycled by a foam recycler. Find a foam recycling program (drop-off or municipal).
Moldy Padding Cannot Be Recycled
Soiled or moldy carpet is contaminated and cannot be recycled. Foam recycling programs will not accept these carpets, so take them to the landfill instead.
Recycle Carpet Pad With Carpet
It’s common for the same companies that recycle your carpet to recycle the carpet pad as well. View a list of California retailers that accept carpet pads.
OK in the Garbage Cart
Place small amounts of carpet padding in the garbage cart. If you can’t fit all of it in the garbage, then take it to the landfill. Garbage haulers may not pick up your garbage if it does not fit in the receptacle.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Give to a CARE-Affiliated Company
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a joint industry-government project to increase carpet and carpet pad recycling. They have a number of carpet reclamation partners in California that accept unwanted carpet padding and will recycle it for you.