Updated July 17, 2023
If you have an old trampoline sitting on your property no longer being used, tearing it down and having it disposed of can free up valuable space in your yard.
There are multiple ways to remove and dispose of an unwanted trampoline, each with differing amounts of effort and pricing.
We'll go over the most popular options:
List as a Free Item
Average Cost: $0
The only way to have your trampoline removal be completely free of charge is to list it as a free item, whether that be on online marketplaces, like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or putting it at the end of the road with a "Free" sign displayed.
This is typically only an option when the trampoline is still in safe, working condition, so if the metal is bent or rusted, or the mat is thinning, ripped, or otherwise compromised, do not offer this to others under the guise that it can be reused.
Whether you take apart the trampoline or the person picking it up takes apart the trampoline is completely up to you and can be negotiated if you find someone interested in taking home your trampoline.
Average Cost: $100-$300
If your trampoline isn't in good enough condition to hand down to someone else to use, you'll have to choose a disposal method that works best for you.
The cheapest option is to do all of the manual labor yourself, but there are several things to consider before going this route.
Taking apart a trampoline requires safety gear, strength, time, and patience. You can expect to dedicate around an hour to deconstructing a trampoline, and this doesn't even include the time it would then take to load up a truck or trailer with the materials, drive to the nearest landfill or recycling center, wait in line at the disposal center, unload the materials, wait in line to pay, and then the drive back home.
If you live in a busy area, wait time at scrap metal recyclers or landfills (especially on the weekends) can easily take up 30 minutes to a couple hours. Spending this amount of time next to a smelly landfill is hardly an ideal way to spend a weekend.
While going the DIY route can save you some money, taking a closer look at how these expenses can add up will paint a more realistic picture.
Landfill fees vary, but the average cost of landfill fees across the U.S. is around $40-$60 per ton—or around $15-$30 per cubic yard for relatively small loads—but landfill fees aren't the only cost to consider. It's also important to consider the cost of fuel and your time when deciding whether or not to haul your items to the landfill yourself.
If we conservatively assume you're charged around $50 by your landfill, spend around $30 in gas, and consider your time worth $20 an hour, it can easily cost you around $200 for a DIY trampoline removal and disposal.
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Rent a Dumpster
Average Cost: $250-$450
Alternatively, for a comparatively similar price, you can opt to rent a temporary dumpster for a significantly more convenient disposal method.
While you'll still need an extra pair of hands and the time and strength to take apart your trampoline yourself, having a dumpster onsite means that the disposal aspect of your project will take a fraction of the time.
You can put each piece of trampoline material into your dumpster rental as it's being taken apart, meaning the only thing you have left to do once the trampoline is deconstructed is to contact the dumpster company to come pick their container back up.
A 10 yard container is usually the smallest option dumpster rental companies offer and is large enough to contain the average size trampoline while being small enough to conveniently fit in your driveway.
While a trampoline won't take up all the space in a dumpster, it gives you the opportunity to clear out other areas of your home and dispose of even more items that are no longer being used.
The average cost of a 10 yard dumpster rental is $250-$450, but can be more or less depending on landfill fees and cost of living in your area, the weight of what's inside, who you hire, and more.
Renting from a locally-owned and operated dumpster rental company is typically cheaper than renting from their larger nationwide competitors, which is why Hometown publishes small, local dumpster rental businesses throughout the U.S. You can fill out our single quote request form to quickly get multiple dumpster rental quotes completely free of charge so that you can compare pricing, customer service, and availability.
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Hire Junk Removal
Average Cost: $150-$300
The easiest way to get rid of a trampoline, by far, is by hiring a junk removal service to handle everything, including the deconstruction, hauling, and disposal.
The convenience of junk removal services cannot be overstated, and for trampoline removal, it can actually be cheaper than renting a dumpster. Without having to lift a finger, you can have your unwanted trampoline torn down and hauled away in a single afternoon (usually in under an hour).
Similarly to dumpster rental, Hometown makes it easy to find and request free project quotes from local junk removal services across the country.
After you've reached out to multiple junk removal experts in your area and have hired the best company for the job, they'll send a crew of at least 2 workers to come and tear down your trampoline quickly and safely, being sure to respect your property throughout the entire process.
Once they're done deconstructing your trampoline and loading it onto their truck/trailer, they'll give you an invoice that you can either pay on the spot or call into their office and pay over the phone. Then the only thing you have left to do is to enjoy your newly cleared out back yard!
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