Comparing the Cost of Junk Removal to Dumpster Rental

dumpster rental and junk removal cost comparison

When it comes to any sort of bulk waste or debris removal, your two best options are hiring a junk removal company or renting a dumpster.

But how do you know which is the most cost-effective option for you?

Cost is highly variable when renting a dumpster or hiring a junk hauler and is based on multiple factors.

Apples to apples, renting a dumpster is cheaper than hiring a junk removal service.

This makes sense when you think about the added labor involved with junk removal.

However, there are situations where a junk removal company may be the better choice:

  1. You have large quantities of junk or debris: Dumpster Rental
  2. You only have a few bulky items: Junk Removal
  3. You need the items removed immediately: Junk Removal
  4. You want to load at your own pace or over a period of days: Dumpster Rental
  5. You are physically unable to load the debris yourself: Junk Removal

Dumpster Rental Costs

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A dumpster costs $250-$450 on average to rent, but as we've mentioned, prices can vary.

Dumpsters the most cost-effective option for medium to large projects or when you need to manage debris during an ongoing project.

A kitchen or bathroom renovation, house addition, demolition project, or large deck removal job are projects where a dumpster may be the more economical solution.

Having a dumpster on-site for bigger projects allows you to fill it up at your convenience while keeping a clean, safe site.

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Junk Removal Costs

Junk removal companies charge a minimum amount for any junk removal, which can be anywhere from $50 to $150.

If you have one or two items you’re getting rid of—like a TV, sofa, or mattress—you’ll probably be charged the minimum amount.

For small cleanups, junk removal is typically the more cost-effective option.

A junk removal company may remove a small garage-worth of items for $200 when it may cost you $250 to rent a 10 yard bin to do the loading yourself.

In this case, junk removal is the cheaper (and less back-breaking) option.

Remember: Every project is different, so calling at least two dumpster rental and two junk removal companies to compare pricing is the best way to determine the most economical debris removal solution.

Real World Cost Examples

Below are a few real world examples of costs around the country.

It will help give you a general idea of what to expect when renting a dumpster or hiring a junk hauler.

These are actual prices charged to customers by Hometown-approved service providers.

Prices may vary in your case.

Junk Removal

Dumpster Rental (Base Price)

For more prices by location, see our big list of dumpster costs.

What Affects Cost


Do you live out in the country or far off the beaten path?

If so, you can expect your dumpster rental to cost more simply for the cost of travel for the company.

Cost of living and local disposal fees also play a role in cost, as you can expect.

For example, you’ll pay significantly more in New York City to rent a dumpster than you would in Memphis, TN.

Type of Debris

Some service providers—dumpster and junk removal—charge differently for household wastes vs. construction and demolition (C&D) debris.

C&D debris is often heavier, so it may end up costing more to haul away than general household trash.

Amount of Debris

The heavier the load, the more you’ll pay.

For junk removal, costs rise as the volume of junk increases.

A full truckload of junk, for example, costs more than a load taking up just half of the truck’s total capacity.

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