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 more cost-effective solution? Good question—let’s find out.
Read more about dumpster rental and junk removal:
- Dumpster FAQs
- How to rent a dumpster: Step by step
- When is it a good idea to hire a junk removal company?
- Rent a Dumpster or Hire a Junk Removal Company?
Cost is highly variable when renting a dumpster or hiring a junk hauler and is based on multiple factors, like:
Type of waste/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 waste/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.
Learn more about pricing:
- Dumpster Rental Guide: Pricing
- Dumpster costs by state and metro area
- Ways to save money on local dumpster rental
Cost Comparison: Dumpster Rental vs. Junk Removal
Expect to pay at least $250 to rent a 10 yard dumpster, but it can be significantly more depending upon the factors above. Add $50 to $100 for bigger roll-off containers (in 10-yard increments); e.g. $300-$350 for a 20 yard dumpster, $350-$400 for a 30 yard dumpster, etc.
Roll-off container sizes and pricing (national average)
Junk removal companies charge a minimum amount just to come out to your location, 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 small pile of yard debris—you’ll probably be charged the minimum amount.
Example of pricing structure for junk removal service (Hawthorne, NJ)
Via: 1-800-Rid-Junk based in Hawthorne, NJ
For smaller cleanups, a 10 yard dumpster would get the job done but isn’t necessarily 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.
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 and eliminates the need to have a junk removal company come out multiple times to remove debris.
Real world examples of costs in various cities
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.
- Refrigerator removal in Manhattan Beach, CA: $165
- Haul away two TVs in Omaha, NE: $45
- Remove an old living room set (sectional, two China cabinets) in Toms River, NJ: $169
- Empty out a storage unit in Sandy, UT: $375
- Estate cleanout (hoarding situation) in Franklin, MA: $1,500
Dumpster rental (base price)
- 10 yard dumpster rental in Marietta, GA: $275
- 10 yard roll off container in Yonkers, NY: $300
- 15 yard roll off dumpster in Worcester, MA: $350
- 30 yard debris box in Los Angeles, CA: $400
- 40 yard dumpster rental in Springfield, IL: $550
For more prices by location, see our big list of dumpster costs.
When dumpsters are cheaper than junk removal, and vice versa
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.
- Got large quantities of junk or debris: Dumpster
- Got a few bulky items: Junk removal
- When it needs to be cleaned up ASAP: Junk removal
- When you want to load at your own pace or over a period of days: Dumpster
- Physically unable to load the debris yourself: Junk removal
Head over to our Roll-Off Dumpster Sizes page to learn everything you need to know about renting a dumpster, including typical costs for each size.
If you’re leaning toward hiring a junk removal company, get started by heading over to our Junk Removal page.