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Whether you’re moving, renovating, or just doing some spring cleaning, you probably have a bunch of junk lying around that you no longer need and don’t want to deal with.

Instead of letting that busted fridge or pile of rubble continue to clutter up your house or yard, hire a full-service junk removal company to take it off your hands. Alternatively, you can rent a dumpster, fill it with all your trash, and send it away with competent professionals.

We’ve evaluated junk removal companies from all over the country and chosen our four favorites. Keep reading to find the perfect company for your situation.

Best junk removal companies

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving—Best overall

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

With a slew of services aimed at making your junk removal project run as smoothly as possible, College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving tops our list of companies that will take trash off your hands. On top of being a killer junk removal company, College Hunks also specializes in moving and storage—which is why we ranked them as one of our favorite local movers.

Because of this versatility, we recommend College Hunks if you’re moving for the first time in years and have accumulated a lot of stuff you don’t want to take to your new home.


  • Friendly customer service
  • Donation pickup
  • Moving and storage services
  • Disaster cleanup


  • Fewer locations than 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Why we recommend College Hunks

Its comprehensive list of services

College Hunks offers all the junk removal services you could ever need. The Hunks will haul away your rusted-out hot tub, your thrashed furniture, your retired mattress, and just about everything in between. If you’re unsure whether College Hunks will take what you’re tossing, check the company’s list of accepted items before scheduling your service.

College Hunks also has a few unique services you might not have realized you needed:

  • Packing for moves
  • Home staging
  • Seasonal debris cleanup (leaves, branches, etc.)
  • Light demolition for home renovation

In addition to all of this, College Hunks has actual Hunks you can enlist for labor around your house, whether it’s hauling heavy boxes from one room to another or rearranging your couches and cabinets.

Its excellent recycling and donation program

Do you want to make sure your junk is handled responsibly and recycled (whenever possible) to avoid contributing to overburdened landfills? While all of the full-service junk removal companies on our list claim to recycle a large percentage of the junk they pick up, College Hunks appears to recycle the most.

College Hunks recycles or donates over 70% of everything it hauls away.1 That’s about 10% more than both 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and Junk King.

In addition to recycling, College Hunks also donates some of the belongings from each junk removal job.

Here are some of its most common donation pickup requests:

  • Home furnishings and office equipment
  • Nursery and baby items
  • Items from garage, attic, or basement cleanup projects

If you’ve got the planet on your mind and you want to ensure your junk gets recycled or donated, we recommend giving the Hunks a call.

To learn more about College Hunks’ services, read our full review of this exceptional company.


Want to donate instead of throwing stuff away?

Want to donate instead of throwing stuff away?

Is your old stuff still useful, just not necessarily useful to you? The full-service junk removal companies on this list also do donation pickups, so you can send your old furniture and appliances to a donation center where they’re sure to end up in a good home. You can also check out our list of charities that pick up donations.

1-800-Got-Junk?—Most convenient

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

With a full range of junk removal services and availability in 44 US states, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is one of the world’s largest junk removal service companies. We think it’s also one of the best. We particularly like how convenient the company makes junk removal for its customers.


  • Donation pickup
  • Moving services
  • Same-day service
  • Disaster cleanup


  • Fewer unique offerings than College Hunks

Why we recommend 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Its commitment to convenience

1-800-GOT-JUNK? can handle everything from appliances and furniture to computers and yard waste. Essentially, it will take any nonhazardous trash and debris that two crew members can lift. The company can also clean out your garage, shed, attic, or storage unit.

Once it hauls your junk away, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is committed to recycling or donating as much junk as possible. It donates reusable items to charities like Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity,2 then recycles what it can of what’s left.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? claims its services are so convenient that it’s as simple as pointing to what you want to toss and POOF. Gone.

In fact, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s junk removal services rival College Hunks’, and there’s one important area where it outclasses the Hunks…

Its wide availability

1-800-GOT-JUNK? has locations in eight more states than College Hunks. This means that if you wanted to hire College Hunks for a junk removal project but the company isn’t available in your area, there’s a good chance you have a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise near enough to be a viable plan B.

In addition to its impressive US availability, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? also has locations in Canada and Australia.

If 1-800-GOT-JUNK? seems like a good fit for your upcoming project, learn more about what it has to offer in our full review.

LoadUp—Best prices

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

LoadUp’s founder started the company in 2014 to bring “transparency and fairness” to the junk removal industry.3 From what we can see, it’s well on its way. In addition to transparency, the company also has some of the most competitive prices we’ve found, making it our top recommendation for budget shoppers.


  • First-rate customer service
  • Donation pickup
  • Dumpster rental
  • Nationwide service


  • No additional labor services

Why we recommend LoadUp

Its upfront online pricing tool

Getting prices for any junk removal service can be difficult—and for good reason. Prices change depending on location, seasonality, and various other factors. Because of this, most companies won’t give prices online or over the phone.

But LoadUp gives you the rare opportunity to get a customized price on its website. All you have to do is provide the company your ZIP code and list which items you need hauled away. As you’re filling out your inventory, the tool will recalculate to give you an accurate estimate of what your service will cost.

Its 20%–30% less promise

LoadUp claims to charge 20%–30% less than its competitors. We wanted to verify that this was true, so we did a little digging. On average, the price of full-service junk removal ranges from $100 to $800 depending on what you want removed.

When we filled out our LoadUp inventory, we found that the price for the first item we added (e.g., a fridge, a mattress, etc.) fell between $80 and $120—even for small stuff like microwaves.

But when we added more items, even bulky junk like treadmills and couches, each increased the price by just $15 to $40 depending on size (exceptionally large items like ATVs increased it by about $200).

This means that LoadUp’s transportation costs—the cost of getting a truck to and from your location—are about average, but once the crew is at your house, they’ll haul away everything for a relatively small additional cost.

Bottom line: when we filled out an inventory with an entire truck’s worth of stuff, it was definitely 20%–30% cheaper than the average price of a full truck at another company.

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Looking for another budget option?

Looking for another budget option?

If you like the sound of LoadUp’s prices but want to shop around a bit more, we recommend Junk King.

Junk King’s price-matching policy means they’ll match a quote you get from another company, so if you’re willing to collect multiple quotes, you might get Junk King’s first-rate service for a fraction of the price.

Waste Management—Best for DIY junk removal

Overall rating

4 / 5

Waste Management is America’s largest garbage disposal company, and it’s been a pioneer on the recycling front for decades.4 While the other companies we’ve mentioned are better for full-service junk removal, Waste Management is far and away the best if you’re ready to rent a dumpster, roll up your sleeves, and do most of the work yourself.


  • Several size options
  • Availability at most home improvement retailers
  • On-demand pickup


  • Middle-of-the-road customer reviews

Why we recommend Waste Management

Its Bagster bags for smaller projects

Waste Management’s Bagster bags cost only $29.95 and are available at most major home improvement retailers—and can even be delivered to your door from Amazon. The bags measure 8 ft. x 4 ft. x 2.5 ft. and are constructed of high-strength polypropylene to hold up to 3,300 pounds of material.

Once you fill your bag, you can schedule a collection from Waste Management. Collection pricing varies from location to location, and service isn’t available in select areas, so be sure to visit Bagster’s site to see if it offers collections near you.

The collection fees we researched ranged from $140 to $300 for a single bag (depending on the pickup location), which is well below what you’ll pay for a large metal dumpster.

Its dumpsters for larger projects

If you need to get rid of more than a Bagster can handle, try one of Waste Management’s metal dumpsters.

Compare Waste Management dumpster sizes
Waste Management dumpster size10-yard dumpster12-yard dumpster15-yard dumpster20-yard dumpster30-yard dumpster40-yard dumpster
Dimensions 15 ft. x 8 ft. x 2 ft. 12 ft. x 8 ft. x 3 ft. 5 in.12 ft. x 8 ft. x 4 ft. 7 in. 7 ft. x 3 ft. 6 in. x 21 ft. 11 in8 ft. x 5 ft. x 22 ft.7 ft. x 7 ft. x 21 ft. 11 in.
Waste Management dumpster size
10-yard dumpster 12-yard dumpster 15-yard dumpster 20-yard dumpster 30-yard dumpster 40-yard dumpster
15 ft. x 8 ft. x 2 ft. 12 ft. x 8 ft. x 3 ft. 5 in. 12 ft. x 8 ft. x 4 ft. 7 in. 7 ft. x 3 ft. 6 in. x 21 ft. 11 in 8 ft. x 5 ft. x 22 ft. 7 ft. x 7 ft. x 21 ft. 11 in.

Each of these options eclipses the Bagster bag in terms of both capacity and durability, meaning you can dispose of much larger and heavier items without worrying about whether or not the container can handle it.

Although these dumpsters are far more expensive than a Bagster bag, they’re well worth the cost if your project requires a solution of this magnitude.

Price tag

Dumpster rental prices

Dumpster rental prices

Once you get a quote for dumpster rental from Waste Management, you can compare it to rental prices from other companies by checking our guide to dumpster rental prices.

Our recommendations

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

College Hunks’ long list of moving and junk removal services paired with its commitment to the environment make it our top recommendation for anyone who lives within its service area.


With unmatched availability, all the standard services you could want from a junk removal company, and a dedication to convenience, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is the company we recommend to anyone who doesn’t have a College Hunks location nearby.


If you’re on a tight budget and you need the cheapest junk removal services available, we recommend checking to see what LoadUp can do for you.

Waste Management

Going with a dumpster rental instead of full-service junk removal takes a lot more effort on your part, but if you’re willing to do the work of filling the dumpster yourself, we think that going with Waste Management’s Bagster or dumpsters can save you money (at the cost of some convenience).

Other junk removal companies we like:

Junk removal FAQ

Full-service junk removal vs. DIY: which is best?

While renting a dumpster and throwing your stuff away yourself can save you some money (more on that in a second), that’s pretty much the only benefit of DIY junk removal. Overall, we almost always recommend going with a dumpster rental alternative like one of the companies we’ve listed.

Here’s why.

Hiring the pros means that your junk removal job will be handled by someone with proper experience and equipment. This makes full-service junk removal much more convenient, safe, and quick than trying to lift a busted sofa into a dumpster, lug splintery fencing across your yard, or empty out your garage with your own two hands.

Renting a dumpster is only the better option if you’re doing demolition and need a safe place to throw junk for an extended period of time instead of letting the rubble pile up in your house or yard throughout your project.

Is dumpster rental cheaper than full-service junk removal?

Removing your junk yourself with a rented dumpster can be a bit cheaper than hiring a full-service company to take it for you—but not always. It depends on how much you’re throwing away. If all you have to get rid of is a mattress or a sofa, then renting an entire dumpster for one item is far less cost-effective than full-service removal.

However, if you’re throwing a lot of junk away, dumpster rental can save you at least a little bit of money.

What can junk removal companies take?

Because every company is different, it’s impossible to guarantee what items a specific junk removal company will take. What we can tell you is that most companies take common household items like mattresses, sofas, and appliances, but very few collect hazardous materials like batteries and lead-based paints.

Luckily, every company on this list has a “What We Take” list online so you can check before scheduling an appointment.

If you’ve hired one of the companies we’ve mentioned, we’d love to hear about your experience. Leave us a comment about your junk removal project! 


  1. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, “What We’ll Take.” Accessed October 19, 2020
  2. 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, “Environmental FAQ.” Accessed November 6, 2020.
  3. LoadUp, “Who We Are.” Accessed October 19, 2020.
  4. Waste Management, “Our Story.” Accessed October 19, 2020.

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, 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.
  • Susan K. Hartman

    There is another option in Kansas City and nationally: JDog Junk Removal & Hauling. National franchise exclusively own and operated by Veterans and military families. Serving both residential and commercial needs with Respect, Integrity & Trust. JDog will haul just about anything and also provides labor services. They are committed to a recycle, reuse, resell and repurpose strategy that supports local charities and keeps your unwanted items out of the landfill. It’s a win-win using JDog…they tackle your clean-ups/clean-outs and more while you support the empowerment of Veterans and small business ownership. Plus, fair, competitive and transparent pricing.

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  • Cody Seagal

    1800 Got Junk is one of the best that I’ve seen in town for junk removal services. They have great prices and friendly staff. We often refer our clients for furniture disposal to them. Good article!

    Cody S.
    Quality Movers Escondido

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    Mark S.
    Trashouts Junk Removal in Jacksonville

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