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Old 06-28-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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I found some wooden floors underneath the carpeting, so I decided to rip out the carpet. Monday is trash day. If leave the carpet out with the trash, will the county collectors pick it up?
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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I don't see why not. You could cut it up into managable loads, roll it and tape it up so it does not unroll. If they see you made an effort, they would probably pick it up.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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In my experience, the garbage collectors have been very picky about what they take. Anything large or remotely heavy has been left. In some areas, they are now doing the machine lifted big blue cans, which they will take anything that fits inside it. But if you are taking a large amount of carpet, better off making a trip to the dump or throwing away a little each time
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:39 PM
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Also, anything deemed as "construction debris", drywall, tile, 2x4 scraps, etc usually will not be collected.
It all depends on your garbage collectors and their moods. The way around it is to place the debris in Black plastic trash bags. These they will usually collect without problem.

Try to cut your carpet up into 3 ft strips. Roll the strips up and tape so they wont unravel. If they are easy to pick up you have a good chance they will take them. Also, having a few Ice cold Cokes for the guys works wonders too! We've tried this and you wont believe the way the rules can all of a sudden bend

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Most will take it if it's under 60 lbs. and a 4' roll. Use a razor knife to cut it and duct tape it in a roll.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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I still have a large amount of carpet left over. Like suggested, I put some in a trash bag and left it outside. They picked it up.

My friend told me to take the rest out for the next collection and leave a case of Gatorade along with it. It worked for him before when he threw away a couch. I think I'll play it safe and take the rest to the collection center in Thonotosassa. I called them and was told that they'd take carpets for free as long as I have my tax bill with me.
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