What Is the Average Cost of Junk Removal?

At a glance

When you need to toss a lot of old junk, you basically have two options: pay for professionals to haul it away, or rent a dumpster and fill it yourself. Both options have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and prices differ depending on where you live and how much you’re throwing away.

If you don’t have time or energy to haul your junk yourself, then a full junk removal service is probably right for you. However, if you need to keep chucking junk for a few days and you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, then a dumpster rental might be better for your situation.

Full-service junk removal vs. dumpster rental average prices

Full-service junk removalDumpster rental
Average cost$100–$800/load$300–$525/week
Average cost
Full-service junk removal Dumpster rental
$100–$800/load $300–$525/week

Since the prices for both services depend so much on your specific situation, it’s impossible to give an accurate price, but we’ve found that the average price for full-service junk removal can range from $100 to almost $800. For dumpster rental, prices can be anywhere between $300 and $525 per week.

Keep reading to learn more about junk removal options and prices.

The whole picture

Lots of factors go into the pricing of junk removal services, and there’s a ton of local and national companies with widely variable rates. Because of this, it’s tricky to nail down exact rates for both full-service junk removal and dumpster rentals.

Plus, most junk removal companies don’t provide online estimates. Instead, they’ll only offer pricing after one of their employees does an onsite evaluation of your junk removal job. This means you won’t get inaccurate pricing information, but it makes it harder to shop around and compare rates when you’re in a hurry.

That said, we know what factors influence prices, and we’ve gathered data to help you find a rough estimate of what your junk removal job might cost.

What goes into junk removal pricing?

Pricing for junk removal depends greatly on where you are. For example, Junk King charges over $800 to remove a full truck’s worth of junk in New York, but it only charges about $500 for the same job in Oklahoma. Some companies don’t even service certain areas—and  fewer options may mean higher prices.

In addition to location, the following factors affect pricing for both full-service and dumpster rental options:

  • Seasonality and demand
  • Gas prices
  • Local disposal fees
  • How much time a job takes

The last (and most obvious) pricing factor specific to full-service junk removal is how much you’re throwing away. If you’re only chucking half a truck’s worth of renovation debris, you won’t be charged the same amount as someone who’s tossing a truck filled with old fridges, sofas, and mattresses.

This doesn’t apply to dumpster rentals, however. If you rent a dumpster, you’ll be charged the same amount no matter how much of the dumpster you fill (though you may be charged extra for overfilling), so be sure you rent a dumpster that’s the right size for your job.

If you need some help determining the correct dumpster size for your job, you can use this handy chart from Dumpsters.com.

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Keep in Mind

Keep in Mind

Most junk removal companies won’t take hazardous materials (like aerosol cans, lead-based paint, and old TVs with cathode ray tubes) off your hands, and those that do might charge you more for the service. If you’re unsure about something you want to throw away, call and ask the company you’re working with about it.

Full-service junk removal prices

Since most companies won’t provide an estimate before they know about how much old rubbish you need hauled away, it’s impossible to predict what your exact junk removal price will be. We can help you get a rough idea, though, so you know what to expect when you go to book.

Home services marketplace HomeAdvisor polled its readers and found that the average cost for a full truckload (roughly 450 cubic feet) of junk was around $500.1

To get a more comprehensive average, we looked at prices from Junk King and College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, two of our favorite junk removal companies.

Junk King’s junk removal pricing

Load sizeAverage cost
Full truck$675
Half truck$440
Fridge or sofa$195
Load size
Full truck
Half truck
Fridge or sofa
Average cost
$675
$440
$195

To get these prices, we used Junk King’s pricing estimator to calculate what the company charges for junk removal on the East Coast, on the West Coast, and in the middle of the country and averaged those numbers.

Junk King’s trucks can hold 480 cubic feet of junk.2

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving’s junk removal pricing

Load sizeAverage cost
Full truck$590
Half truck$372
Sofa$155
Fridge$113
Load size
Full truck
Half truck
Sofa
Fridge
Average cost
$590
$372
$155
$113

College Hunks doesn’t list pricing on its website, so we reached out to someone at College Hunks and they gave us the estimates we’ve listed above. These prices are a little lower than Junk King’s but a bit higher than HomeAdvisor’s estimated average.

According to the representative we talked to, College Hunks’ trucks can hold 440 cubic feet of junk.

“Why should I pay for full-service junk removal?”

Several factors make full-service removal preferable for anyone with lots of stuff to throw away. The convenience of being able to relax or go about your typical day-to-day routine while the heavy-lifting goes on is worth the price for many people.

Access to proper equipment also matters. Wheelbarrows, dollies, and carts can all turn difficult junk removal jobs into a breeze, but without them, you’ll be left dragging that old fridge or busted cabinet up your stairs or across your lawn.

The bottom line is that if you don’t have the time, equipment, or extra help to get rid of your stuff, then full-service junk removal can make your life much easier despite the price.

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If You’re Looking for Options

If You’re Looking for Options

If you like the sound of a junk removal service and want to start shopping around, our list of the best junk removal companies can start you off on the right foot.

Dumpster rental prices

You may think that renting a dumpster is cheaper than full-service junk removal, and it’s easy to see why. You’re doing all the hauling and heavy lifting yourself rather than paying pros to do it for you. But it actually isn’t always cheaper to DIY.

Rental prices vary by dumpster size, but we’ve found that they usually range between $300 and $525 per week. This means that, depending on location and availability, a dumpster rental can be just as expensive as full-service junk removal.

If you want to learn more about renting a dumpster, check out our guide to dumpster rental costs.

“Why should I rent a dumpster?”

If it’s not that much cheaper than full-service junk removal, why should you rent a dumpster? Because with junk removal you’re typically only paying for one day of service, but with a dumpster rental you have the dumpster as long as you need it–if you’re willing to keep paying the weekly rate.

This means you can load your dumpster at your own pace during ongoing renovations and cleanup projects instead of letting junk pile up around your house for weeks or months until a full-service company comes to haul it away.

Depending on where you live and the amount of stuff you have to throw away, a dumpster rental may still be cheaper than full-service junk removal—we recommend researching prices, available sizes, and customer reviews for companies in your area.

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The Budget-Friendly Option

The Budget-Friendly Option

If you like the flexibility of renting a dumpster—but you don’t need anything larger than a 10-yard dumpster—consider going with Bagster’s junk disposal bag. The bag works just like a regular dumpster, but it’s a bit smaller and much more affordable.

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If you have some old clothes or furniture you want to get rid of (but not necessarily throw away), then you might be asking these questions:

About Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over three years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.