Removing Unwanted Junk
How do junk removal costs compare to dumpster rental costs?
Junk removal companies charge a minimum amount just to come out to your location, which can range anywhere from $75 to $150. If you have one or two items you want to get rid of, like a TV, sofa, or a small pile of yard debris—you’ll probably be charged the minimum amount.
For large projects, like cleaning out an entire home, you could pay $1,000 or more.
Dumpster rental costs are variable based on your location, size of the dumpster, type of debris, and other factors. For reference, a 20 yard dumpster costs $350-$550, based on national averages.
Learn more: Comparing the Cost of Junk Removal to Dumpster Rentals
Which factors affect the cost of junk removal services?
When hiring a junk removal company or renting a dumpster, the cost varies a great deal depending on a number of factors, including:
- Location: Do you live far off the beaten path? If so, expect to pay more. Cost of living also plays a role. For example, you’ll pay more in Los Angeles, California than you would in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Type of waste/debris: Some service providers—junk removal and dumpster rental—charge one rate for household wastes and another for construction and demolition 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.
Keep reading: Should I hire a junk removal service or rent a dumpster?