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How do you dispose laminate flooring? Can laminate flooring be recycled or burnt?

How do you dispose laminate flooring? Can laminate flooring be recycled or burnt?

After an installation you might wonder how do you dispose laminate flooring? Which then makes you wonder can laminate flooring be recycled or burnt?

Good news is it is not a hassle to dispose laminate flooring. Here are a few ways to properly get rid of old or unused laminate flooring:

Waste Collection

After an installation, there is typically left over installation materials and parts, these leftovers can be disposed of in your normal household waste collection. If this flooring is in good shape and not damaged, you should keep some leftover laminate from your installation in case you need to replace any planks due to water damage or scratches. If you have a whole box or just too much leftover, you can always try to sell it online. You never know who might need a small amount of flooring. If you have more flooring to dispose of than what your garbage receptacle can fit, you should check with the waste management department in your area and see if they will do special pick-ups. If not, you may need to make a trip to the landfill.


Thanks to new technological processes, laminate flooring is even recyclable. Up to 85% of the mass of laminate flooring can be put back into the manufacturing process in the form of wood chips or fibers. You won’t be able to just stick your old laminate flooring in your recycling bin, however. The recycling process of laminate flooring is something most local recycling plants can’t handle. Instead, check with your manufacturer to see if they offer a recycling program like Armstrong’s. They even come and pick up the old flooring for you!


You’re probably a DIY-er, right? Well you’re going to love this! You can turn laminate flooring planks into artwork or gifts! WHAT?!

If you visit our DIY Corner, you will find ways to upcycle that leftover laminate into coasters, welcome signed, coat racks, and more! Give them as gifts or make them for yourself! It’s up to you!

What Not to Do

Even though laminate flooring consists of 80% wood, they cannot be safely burnt or incinerated like other wood products. The top layer contains an aluminum oxide coating that would burn into the air, which can be harmful if breathed in. It is best to avoid burning laminate at all to keep you and the environment safe.

We hope these tips were helpful! If you have any more questions about how to dispose of laminate flooring, write them in the comments below!

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