Old carpet

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Author: Utopian (Utopian)
Sunday, February 07, 2010 - 3:03 pm
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I've never composted carpet, but I did compost my 20 year old futon. It was time to let it go, so I just cut it up (which I felt guilty about) and added it to the pile. Now it's in my garden!

Author: Utopian (Utopian)
Sunday, February 07, 2010 - 12:02 am
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I've never composted carpet, but I did compost my 20 year old futon. It was time to let it go, so I just cut it up (which I felt guilty about) and added it to the pile. Now it's in my garden!

Author: Hightide (Hightide)
Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 4:44 am
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It is almost 2 years since I started Humanure composting and that exciting day arrived when I dug compost from the pile and added it to the garden. Anything and everything organic and many uncertain things have gone into the pile. I have a lot of faith in biological activity and time. Firstly the old wool carpet. Well not a total success. There must have been two types. One had some synthetic string content that didn't break down and I have had to extract it to the rubbish bin. The other had a glue content that has only partially broken down. It breaks up with the garden fork so I have just mixed it in. I won't dispose of my old carpet mulch in the compost bin now. I will also try to keep avocado skins out. On a positive note, the large stingray I found on the beach and threw in whole has completely disappeared.

Author: peter garlick (Hightide)
Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 8:14 am
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I have been using old wool carpet to smother weeds and as mulch around fruit trees. After awhile it starts to rot and fall apart. I then chop it up and throw it in the compost bin. My humanure compost system is only 7 months old so I have not yet uncovered the fate of the carpet. It will be another one and a half years until that bin is emptied. Thanks Joe for your comment that the chemicals in the carpet are unlikely to be a problem. I'll keep doing it and post results in the future.

Author: Joe Jenkins (Joe)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 4:09 pm
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Is it wool or cotton carpeting? Let's assume it is one or the other, otherwise it wouldn't compost. I doubt that chemicals would be a problem, but can provide no hard data on the matter. If you have been composting carpeting, however, please let us know how it's working out.

Author: peter garlick (Hightide)
Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 1:17 am
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I have used old carpet to smother weeds. once done I chop up the decaying carpet and throw it in the compost pile. I recently read that carpet should not go into compost because of the chemicals. Advice on the internet is polarised. Is there anyone with some expert advice or a direction to it?

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