Unless you have a chemical factory or a nuclear power plant in your backyard, junk removal companies can probably take almost everything you need to throw away.
Here is what most dumpster rental and full-service junk removal companies will dispose of for you:
- Bed frames
- Tree branches
- Renovation rubble
- Air conditioners
- Water heaters
- Clothes washers and dryers
- Hot tubs
- Copy machines
- Car parts
- Exercise equipment
This list isn’t exhaustive, so if you need to throw away furniture or other junk that you’re not finding here, check out our favorite junk removal companies to see what they can do for you.
The list of things that junk removal companies won’t accept is much shorter. Basically, “if it’s poisonous to inhale, eat, or drink, we probably won’t take it,” as one Junk King representative told us.
This eliminates things like asbestos, motor oil, paint, gasoline, batteries, and pesticides. That said, some of the things companies do take would obviously kill you if you tried to eat them (like hot tubs), but you get the picture.
Additionally, some companies—like 1-800-GOT-JUNK—will only pick up stuff that a two-person team could lift. This is part of the reason that most companies won’t accept things like old vehicles, boats, and RVs.
This heavily depends on which junk removal company you hire. As you might expect, a lot of the junk ends up in a landfill—but some companies recycle a lot of the junk they take.
In fact, College Hunks Hauling Junk either donates or recycles 70% of the junk it takes off your hands.1