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We’ve got local junk haulers operating in towns and cities across the US, all willing to provide you with no-obligation quotes, competitive prices and superb services that will leave your property clean and clutter-free.

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Why choose a local junk removal company?

There are tens of thousands of junk removal companies all across the United States, most of them operating as small, independent businesses competing against a few big, national corporate franchises. While it is sometimes convenient to go with a familiar brand like one of the national franchises, there are many benefits to hiring a local junk removal company instead:

  • Cost: one of the biggest advantages to hiring a local junk removal company is the typically lower cost of junk removal, often by a fairly noticeable amount. Although the cost of landfill dumping and disposal of specific waste types is constant for all businesses, the overhead costs of corporate junk removal companies tend to be much higher. Franchisees must also pay a substantial amount of franchising fees and/or royalties, which limits their competitiveness. Small junk haulers often just have one or a few trucks/trailers, a tiny marketing budget, and free word of mouth advertising. They are able to, in theory, compete for razor thin profit margins that the big guys simply can’t come close to competing for.
  • Convenience: while it’s often claimed that the national junk hauling companies operate nationwide, their service can be spotty outside of large metropolitan areas. Small junk hauling companies tend to be a lot more convenient if they operate in your town or county, and there might not be a need to travel long distances to/from your property or any nearby waste disposal facilities.
  • Availability: many customers complain about how the corporate junk haulers use wide appointment window schedules or that they can’t do same-day junk removal, or worse, are so booked that the nearest appointment is way later than you’d like. Small junk haulers also can get busy schedules, but their proverbial ears are a lot closer to the ground and you’ll normally be speaking directly with your junk hauler over the phone who may be able to give you an accurate appointment time or even same-day service.
  • Quality:  as with many large corporate brands, the national junk haulers sometimes lack sincere customer service to answer any questions you might have or their employees may not be as committed to quality as you’d like. Moving around furniture and trash all day can be tiresome, but at least for local and independent junk hauling businesses they have a strong incentive to provide consistently high-quality services. These businesses thrive on word of mouth advertising, so you can bet that they’ll try to go above and beyond to deliver satisfaction.
  • Community: local junk haulers provide economic stimulus in your community, perhaps employing people from your neighborhood, buying tools and supplies from local suppliers, and so on. Putting your hard-earned money towards local junk haulers can certainly feel a lot better than giving it to a faceless corporation!

There are many clear advantages to choosing a local, independent junk hauler instead of one of the big national franchises. Having said that, not all junk haulers are alike and the spectrum of quality can run from awful to superb. Unfortunately, some small junk haulers engage in illegal dumping or other unethical practices to keep prices low, so it is always essential to prioritize trust and reputation when choosing a junk removal company.

JunkGator only lists vetted and approved junk haulers operating in your ZIP code. All member partners are insured and, in jurisdictions where it is required, hold valid business operating licenses.

  • Local junk haulers often provide better quality services at lower costs

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How location affects the price of junk removal

There are many factors affecting the cost of junk removal. Perhaps the most important cost drivers are the type and quantity of junk you need removed as well as the amount of labor required, all of which should be provided to you in a detailed quote and an itemized invoice after the job’s done.

Our junk removal price guide found that the average cost per job for junk removal in 2024 in the United States was $233, but this amount can vary substantially based on the type and quantity of junk.

One factor that is also important to consider is your geographic location. It might be far more expensive to hire a local junk hauler in Los Angeles, CA than in Boise, ID, for example. Certain metropolitan areas, states, and rural areas of the US may have significantly higher or lower costs for junk removal for a few key reasons:

  • Cost of living: regions, states, and metropolitan cities with a high cost of living will likely cost noticeably more for junk removal than areas with a low cost of living. Generally, this means that areas such as Los Angeles County and New York City will cost more for junk removal than in rural parts of Texas or Oklahoma, for example. Higher living costs, combined with often higher business taxes, mandatory licenses insurance premiums, labor costs and more mean that the business simply must charge higher prices to survive.
  • Mileage: fuel expenses are an important price driver because, unlike in the opening of the Beverly Hillbillies, that precious black gold doesn’t just come out of the ground for free. Junk removal trucks can burn through quite a bit of gas or diesel, especially when full and hauling the payload to a landfill miles and miles away. This is also a good reason to consider a local junk hauler that doesn’t need to rack up the mileage, which can end up saving you money.
  • Landfill dumping fees: the cost of disposing of waste and junk in landfills varies substantially by geographic area. The national average fee for landfill disposal was $58.84/ton, but areas such as the Pacific North West and North East ($75.92/ton) tend to have significantly higher fees for landfill disposal. There is simply no avoiding these fees (legally) and junk removal companies must account for landfill disposal when preparing quotes for customers. Expect to pay more, all other things held equal, in areas where landfill dumping fees are high.
  • Competition: generally, more competition stimulates more competitive prices and better quality services. Some parts of the US have an abundance of junk haulers, others have significantly fewer. Areas with a much greater concentration of junk haulers may have, all other things held equal, more competitive prices for their services.

Based on location alone, there are many small factors that can affect the price of junk removal. There is no fixed rule of thumb, either, so we recommend that you always obtain a free quote from a local junk hauler before putting your hard-earned money down.

More in-depth information about these location factors can be found later on down the page.

  • The cost of junk removal can vary substantially in different parts of the US

Why choose JunkGator for local junk removal services?

Local junk pickup, anywhere in the United States

With local junk haulers, you get local expertise. Our junk removal partners operate in towns and cities across the United States and their local expertise lets them optimize routes to/from your property and waste disposal facilities, as well as giving them more knowledge of local charitable organizations that accept unwanted but still usable junk.

Reliable same-day junk removal services

Most of the junk haulers listed on JunkGator provide same-day services as well as reliable appointment times. No unhelpful call centers or online booking platforms with inconvenient time frames for your appointment.

Competitive prices from genuine local junk haulers near you

Since the junk hauler member partners listed on JunkGator are small, independent businesses operating locally, they can usually match or beat the prices of the national franchises, often by a considerable amount.

Facts and figures about local junk removal services in the United States

We’ve already mentioned that location is an important factor affecting the price of junk removal, but approximately how much should you expect to pay? Below are some interesting facts and figures about local junk removal services in the USA.

Scope and methodology

The below facts and figures consider the geographic aspects of junk removal so that readers might determine the general trends in junk removal prices and competition across various geographic areas of the United States.

All data used in this analysis were taken from publicly available resources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Unless otherwise mentioned, all data is recent as of Q2 2023 and may not be fully reflective of changes since then.

Furthermore, all industry data taken from the BLS is for NAICS industry classification codes 562111 - Solid waste collection and 562119 - Other waste collection as these industries have a large sample size of data. The specific job occupation of junk hauler is assumed to be a subset of these classifications, so these NAICS industry classifications function as a proxy for approximate junk hauler statistics in the United States.

The junk removal industry by establishment size

The junk removal industry in the United States is highly competitive and mostly consists of small companies competing with a few big corporate junk haulers.

For NAICS 562111, the approximate establishment size for junk removal companies as of Q1 2023 is given by the below figure:

NAICS 562111 Solid waste collection

% share by establishment size (Number of employees)

NAICS 562111 Solid waste collection

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - Bureau of Labor Statistics

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below figure:

NAICS 562119 Other waste collection

% Share by establishment size (Number of employees)

NAICS 562119 Other waste collection

Source: ibid.

Depending on the classification of a junk removal company, we can assume that between 48.7% and 67.2% of all junk removal businesses employ five or fewer people. Large junk removal businesses with 100 or more employees make up between 0.74% and 3.15% of the total industry.

This means that the junk removal industry in the United States is highly competitive with mostly small, independent businesses competing against one another and a few large corporations.

  • The junk removal industry mostly consists of small businesses with 0-5 employees

Junk removal wages by establishment size

While we do not have data on the total market share of the various junk removal companies by establishment size, we can roughly estimate the dominance of the larger companies through the quarterly wages paid out. This would be a conjecture that assumes that in order to remain profitable, these businesses would need to generate revenue commensurate to their labor expenses.

For NAICS 562111, the approximate percentage of the market for junk removal companies of various establishment sizes in Q1 2023 in terms of wages paid are given in the below figure:

NAICS 562111 Solid waste collection

% Share of total quarterly wages by establishment size (Number of empoyees)

NAICS 562111 Solid waste collection

Source: ibid.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below figure:

NAICS 562119 Other waste collection

% Share of total quarterly wages by establishment size (Number of employees)

NAICS 562119 Other waste collection

Source: ibid.

Junk removal businesses with 20 or more employees paid out the most wages to employees in Q1 2023 by a wide margin, anywhere from 42.15% to 77.00% of all wages in the respective industry classification. If this can be correlated to approximate revenues, then we could conjecture that large junk removal businesses hold a fairly to very strong dominance in the market in terms of revenues.

  • Medium to large junk removal companies bring in the majority of revenue

Junk removal establishments by geographic area

Which areas of the United States have the most junk removal businesses? How much do they get paid in various parts of the country? Using our two NAICS industry classification as a proxy, we’ve tabulated the areas by county, state, and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) that have the highest amount of junk hauling businesses for Q2 2023. All employment numbers are taken from the latest date of data, June 2023.

Junk removal companies by county

The quantity of junk removal businesses operating in various counties across the United States can be estimated via the amount of solid waste collection (562111) and other waste collection (562119) establishments.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank County Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 Los Angeles County, California 292 6,821
2 Maricopa County, Arizona 147 2,954
3 Harris County, Texas 114 1,524
4 Cook County, Illinois 100 1,615
5 Unknown or Undefined, Illinois 99 261
6 San Diego County, California 91 1,306
7 Orange County, California 88 1,821
8 Fairfield County, Connecticut 85 980
9 Suffolk County, New York 84 1,610
10 Dallas County, Texas 81 3,895
- U.S. Total 13,718 211,654

Data source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - Bureau of Labor Statistics.

By a wide margin, Los Angeles county has the most solid waste collection establishments. For reference, half of all counties in the United States have nine or fewer establishments, so the overall data is heavily skewed towards counties listed in the top 10 above and a few dozen others.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank County Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 Los Angeles County, California 43 259
2 Maricopa County, Arizona 29 112
3 Palm Beach County, Florida 22 321
4 (tie) Orange County, California 21 99
5 San Diego County, California 21 98
6 Salt Lake County, Utah 20 133
7 (tie) Miami-Dade County, Florida 18 182
8 Wayne County, Michigan 18 62
9 Suffolk County, New York 16 149
10 San Bernardino County, California 13 35
- U.S. Total 2,336 17,001

Data source: ibid.

Again, Los Angeles County has the most other waste collection establishments by far. For reference, half of all counties in the United States have six or fewer establishments. Indeed, all the counties listed above in the top 10 and half a dozen others have 10 or more other waste collection establishments, so the data is again skewed heavily in favor of around 15 counties.

  • Los Angeles County has the highest amount of junk removal businesses in the US

Junk removal companies by state

The amount of junk removal businesses operating in each state is again estimated using the number of solid waste collection and other waste collection establishments.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank State Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 California 876 20,168
2 Texas 649 13,094
3 Pennsylvania 590 9,020
4 Florida 580 14,954
5 New York 513 8,969
6 North Carolina 444 6,909
7 Ohio 383 6,436
8 Georgia 365 6,088
9 Illinois 321 4,074
10 Indiana 282 5,165
- U.S. Total 10,573 182,324

Data source: ibid.

California is again ranked first in terms of the number of solid waste collection establishments and also had the highest recorded employment as of June 2023. The overall trend of the top 10 states is reasonable considering the large population in each of these states. Greater demand from a larger population should reasonably be met with a high supply of junk haulers.

Not counting the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, around half of all states had 100 or fewer establishments.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank State Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 Florida 269 1,706
2 California 251 1,407
3 Texas 137 1,542
4 Michigan 107 484
5 New York 100 711
6 New Jersey 76 638
7 Illinois 74 463
8 Alabama 73 585
9 (tie) Pennsylvania 72 605
10 South Carolina 72 508
- U.S. Total 2,336 17,001

Data source: ibid.

For other waste collection establishments, the trend is somewhat similar with California near the top being overtaken by Florida. Less data was available and some states had no data at all, but around half of all states had 45 or fewer establishments. The data tends to skew quite heavily towards those states listed above in the top 10, which again is justifiable given the large population in these states.

  • California, Florida and Texas tend to have the most junk removal businesses

Junk removal companies by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

With the higher population densities in America’s largest cities and metropolitan areas, most junk haulers tend to provide coverage in one of the country’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The number of junk haulers operating in various MSAs, ranked in order of the highest number of establishments can be found below.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) State(s) Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 New York-Newark-New Jersey NY-NJ-PA 500 9,728
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA 267 5,770
3 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA 202 3,562
4 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD 195 3,914
5 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI 172 2,702
6 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 170 5,419
7 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland TX 136 1,954
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL 119 3,329
9 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia NC-SC 117 2,720
10 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 114 3,515
- U.S. Total   10,573 182,324

Data source: ibid.

New York City and its MSA conurbation have the highest amount of solid waste collection establishments by far. The highly dense population concentrated in this area means that there is a huge demand for junk haulers. For reference, half of all 174 MSAs listed on the BLS database had 15 or fewer establishments. The vast majority were concentrated in the top 10 shown above and a half dozen others.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) State(s) Quarterly Establishments Employment
1 New York-Newark-New Jersey NY-NJ-PA 128 1,126
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA 64 358
3 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI 48 237
4 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI 47 347
5 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA 44 537
6 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 39 391
7 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 33 219
8 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO 25 209
9 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson MD 23 229
10 San Diego-Carlsbad CA 21 98
- U.S. Total   2,336 17,001

Data source: ibid.

The number of other waste collection establishments again was highest in New York City and its surrounding MSA, having double the amount as the Greater Los Angeles MSA. Half of all states listed (some data were missing) had 10 or fewer establishments. The data skews heavily upwards and the vast majority of other waste collection establishments were found in the top 10 listed above.

  • The New York MSA has the most junk removal businesses of all MSAs in the US

Landfill tipping fees by region

One of the biggest costs of operating a junk removal business is the need to pay landfill dumping fees. So long as junk haulers are operating legitimate businesses and are not engaged in illegal dumping, there is (almost) no avoiding landfill tipping fees.

Landfill tipping fees vary from landfill to landfill and, more importantly, by region of the United States. It is estimated that the national average landfill tipping fee is $58.84/ton as of 2024, a marginal increase since last recorded.

Areas such as the Pacific Northwest tend and North East tend to be the most expensive, with the latter being approximately $75.92/ton as of 2024. In previous years, the cheapest regions to dispose of landfill waste tended to be the South and Midwest.

While there is no avoiding landfill tipping fees, eco-friendly junk haulers will almost always seek methods of landfill diversion in order to reduce these fees while benefitting the environment. This may include donating furniture and usable appliances to charitable organizations, recycling whenever possible, selling scrap metal, and only disposing of landfill waste when all other options are exhausted.

In terms of cost to a junk hauler, a landfill might charge anywhere from around $20-$35 per cubic yard of junk as it typically works out. Remember that landfills charge by the ton, with some items commanding a surcharge, so this is a rough ballpark estimate for a cubic yard which junk haulers typically charge their end customers by (or cubic feet or truckload - in other words, by volume).

If the average cost of junk removal in 2024 is around $41.67 per cubic yard, ranging from around $37.62 to $51.78 per cubic yard, this means that a large proportion of their revenue disappears from landfill tipping fees.

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Summary of key findings about local junk removal

If we assume that the NAICS industry classifications of 562111 - solid waste collection and 562119 - other waste collection are reasonable proxies for estimating data on junk haulers by geographic location, we can summarize our findings as follows (truncating to the top three for listed data):

Establishment size:

  • Around 48.7% to 67.2% of junk removal businesses have 0-5 employees.
  • Junk removal businesses with 20+ employees may pull in 42.15% to 77.00% of total industry revenue.

Establishments by county, state and MSA:

The greatest concentration of solid waste collection establishments are located in:

  • Los Angeles County, California, Maricopa County, Arizona, and Harris County, Texas.
  • California, Texas and Pennsylvania.
  • New York-Newark-New Jersey, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell.

The greatest concentration of other waste collection establishments are located in:

  • Los Angeles County, California, Maricopa County, Arizona, and Palm Beach County, Florida.
  • Florida, California, and Texas.
  • New York-Newark-New Jersey, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn.

Landfill tipping fees by geographic area:

  • Landfill tipping fees cost a national average of $58.84/tonas of 2024.
  • Landfill tipping fees in the North East cost an average of $75.92/ton as of 2024.

Quick n’ dirty: generally, most junk removal businesses in the United States can be found in the most populous states such as California, Florida and Texas. Most operate in large metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angeles and their surrounding MSAs and counties, and their wages tend to be highest in certain parts of California and Florida.

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Frequently asked questions about local junk removal services

Does my geographic area affect the cost of junk removal services?

Your geographic area in the United States does affect the cost of junk removal services. Some parts of the US have a higher cost of living and operating a business than others, which can in turn drive up prices for junk hauling services. Conversely, some areas are substantially cheaper for junk collection.

What is the average cost of junk removal in the United States?

The average cost of junk removal in the United States in 2024 is approximately $233 per job. By volume, the average cost of junk removal is about $1.39-$1.92 per cubic foot of junk.

In which states does junk removal tend to be the most expensive?

On average, junk removal tends to cost the most in states such as California and New York. For example, the average cost of junk removal in Los Angeles, CA is around $300; the average cost of junk removal in New York, NY is around $350. There are many factors that can affect these estimates, so it is important to always get a transparent quote before doing business with a junk hauler near you.

In which states does junk removal tend to be the least expensive?

On average, junk removal tends to cost the least in states such as Texas and Georgia. For example, the average cost of junk removal in Austin, TX is around $190; the average cost of junk removal in Atlanta, GA is also around $190. These average estimates can vary widely, so it is important to obtain a FREE and transparent quote before doing business with your preferred junk hauler.

Do junk haulers need to be licensed and insured in my area?

All legitimate junk haulers should have liability insurance and any other relevant insurance coverage for their day-to-day activities. In some cities, states, or counties, junk haulers require a specialized license in order to operate their business. In most areas, however, junk haulers do not require a specialized license but only a valid business license to operate.

What are the benefits of hiring a local junk hauler near me?

There are many possible benefits of hiring a local junk hauler rather than a national corporate junk hauler franchise, such as more competitive prices, better quality services, more genuine customer service and communications, knowledge of your local area and appropriate charities and recycling centers to minimise landfill waste, and greater convenience such as same-day junk removal.

Should I call a local junk hauler or one of the national franchises?

In most cases, it is far better to work with a local, independent junk hauler than to call one of the big national franchises for the same job. They tend to be local experts that often offer better prices, have lower overheads, and can provide same-day junk removal.

If you do choose to hire an independent junk hauler, however, it is extremely important that they are a legitimate and genuine business that has been vetted and approved. All junk haulers listed on JunkGator are independent and have been vetted and approved for quality.

How do local junk haulers offer more competitive prices?

Local junk haulers often have more competitive prices than national franchises because they tend to have significantly lower cost overheads. Small junk removal companies may only have 1-2 employees, so there is little need for a human resources department or any office space at all. Moreover, local junk haulers often know which charities are nearby that can accept unwanted junk for free, which further reduces their costs of dumping at a landfill, for example.

How much does it cost do dump waste in a landfill?

The average fee for dumping waste in a landfill in the United States is around $58.84/ton as of 2024. States in the North East tend to pay substantially more, at an average of around $75.92/ton. As of 2018, there are an estimated 1,269 landfill sites across the United States.

What is the best way to find a local junk removal company?

The best way to find local junk removal companies in your city or county is normally through word of mouth advertising, and these small companies sink or swim based on word of mouth. Often, however, they can be hard to find since they often have little to no online presence like the big national companies do. To find local, vetted and approved junk haulers in your area, use JunkGator.