Rugs Curbside Trash See below for alternate ways to reduce or reuse your unwanted rug before placing in the trash. Do Not Recycle Curbside Rugs are not able to be processed at the recycling facility. Do not place in your curbside recycling. Carpets vs. Rugs The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is an organization that works to divert and recycle carpet. At this time, they only accept carpets, not rugs, for recycling. Find out more on how to recycle carpets. Ways to Reduce Purchase an Eco-Friendly Rug Consider purchasing an eco-friendly rug to reduce your environmental impact. The most eco-friendly rugs are made entirely from natural, renewable fibers such as wool, seagrass, jute and organic cotton. Ways to Reuse Sell or Donate Your Rug If still in good condition, consider selling your rug at a garage sale or online marketplaces such as Craigslist, eBay, Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, or donating it to Goodwill or a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Hang Up Or Place Outside Replacing an indoor rug? Reuse as a wall tapestry or as an outside rug or mat. Use For Pets Cut an old rug and use as kennel lining, or as a floor protector mat underneath dog food bowls and/or a cat litter box. Use as a Car Trunk Mat An old rug in the car trunk can be an easy solution to keeping your trunk clean. Did You Know? A Majority of Rugs and Carpets are Landfilled Based on industry data in a 2018 study, the EPA estimated that 73% of rugs and carpet were sent to the landfill, while 17.8% were incinerated for energy recovery. Only 9.2% of rug / carpet fiber, backing and padding were actually recycled.