Flooring material


What to do with...

Carpets, rugs and underlays  op-shop-trolley-icon_4319091615685142414.png   shellharbour-city-council-logo_1044183922714726011.png  KMC_Logo-[Converted]-Web_2607690785620820332.jpg 

Carpets and rugs are made of recyclable fibres such as wool, nylon and polypropylene. Several carpet companies do have carpet tile recycling programs (Ontera, Interface and Cavalier Bremworth) but they will only take back their own brand of tiles.  There are currently no commercial recycling facilities that recycle used carpets and rugs for the general public. Until such options become available, tryphoto of carpet roll the following re- use options first, then responsible disposal options if there is no other alternative.


Rugs that are in good, usable condition can be donated to charity shops or through other re-use channels (eg. Freecycle, Gumtree). If you have large areas of carpet that are in good condition, consider cutting out suitable pieces to use as rugs (you may need to bind the edges). Otherwise, carpet and rugs can be re-used as a soil cover/mulch for gardening and landscaping purposes (try your local community garden or school). Wool carpet that has natural backing material is 100% biodegradable.


Used carpets and rugs that cannot be re-used should be disposed responsibly at a suitable waste disposal facility, such as the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot.  You can also dispose of carpet and rugs during the annual Kerbside Cleanup or Household Bulky Waste Drop Off events. When placed into landfill, synthetic carpets will remain largely inert, while wool carpets will decompose under anaerobic conditions to produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Vinyl   shellharbour-city-council-logo_3116193417761545060.png  KMC_Logo-[Converted]-Web_8905231432264765957.jpg

If the vinyl is in good condition, you may be able to take it to the Dunmore Revolve Store.  Small amounts of torn or damaged vinyl should be placed in your red lid landfill bin or disposed of during the annual Kerbside Cleanup or Household Bulky Waste Drop Off events.

You should be aware that some older vinyl sheet flooring contains a friable asbestos material as backing.  The vinyl sheeting itself does not contain asbestos however manufacturers sometimes incorporated a felt-like 'backing' for cushioning purposes. A friable asbestos licence is required to remove, repair or disturb any amount of friable asbestos.  

Older vinyl tiles may contain 8-30 per cent asbestos in a tightly bonded matrix.  They do not have a 'backing' and are usually glued directly to the floor.  It should be noted that glue used to adhere the asbestos vinyl tiles to the floor may also contain asbestos. If you are removing more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos material, such as this flooring, you will need to employ a licensed bonded asbestos removalist.

Refer to this website for more information:  http://asbestosawareness.com.au

Tiles  shellharbour-city-council-logo_1044183922714726011.png   KMC_Logo-[Converted]-Web_8905231432264765957.jpg   red-lid-bin_5596907866737055142.jpg

Broken ceramic interior and roof tiles (in small quantities) can be placed in your red lid landfill bin or disposed of during the annual Household Bulky Waste Drop Off events.  Large quantities of roof tiles only (not interior tiles) can be disposed of at the Dunmore Recycling & Waste Disposal Depot.

If the tiles are intact consider giving them away or reselling them.  Check out our building materials page.


Ask your supplier to remove the waste when they replace your existing floor coverings.