Junk Removal Prices USA: Junk Hauling Costs (2024)
JunkGator brings you an updated guide to junk removal prices in the US for 2024. This guide contains junk removal price estimates and in-depth costings for junk removal across different categories so that you may get a better impression of how much junk removal costs near you.
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Table of contents:
- Average cost of junk removal in the USA in 2024
- Junk removal price methodology & heuristics
- How big is a junk removal truck?
- What affects the price of junk removal?
- How to save money on junk removal
- Frequently asked questions about junk removal prices
These are real-life prices of our hardworking junk removal partners on JunkGator. The cost of junk removal in your city, county and state could be similar or it could be very different.
What might you expect to pay for junk removal? The below guide will give you an impression of the average costs of junk removal in the United States and is an update for 2024.
Average cost of junk removal in the USA in 2024
How much does junk removal cost in the United States? There are many important variables that can skew the cost upwards (or downwards), especially the type and quantity of junk, your city and state, and your choice of junk hauler since every company has its own pricing structure. Generally, the costs are as follows:
Overall average cost of junk removal in 2024
The average cost of junk removal (per job), all other things being held equal, is approximately $233, ranging from as little as $94 for small jobs to $641 or higher for bigger jobs.
- The average junk removal job costs $233 in 2024
Average cost of junk removal by truckload
One of the most significant factors affecting the cost of junk removal in 2024 is how much junk you need removed. Most junk removal companies charge by the truckload or fractions thereof, but some charge by cubic feet or yards or in some cases by weight.
This will be explained in further detail later on, but for now let’s look at the average cost of junk removal by truckload:
Average cost of junk removal by volume
Since not all junk removal trucks and/or trailers are the same size, what some companies call a half or full load might be quite different from another company’s definitions. Moreover, some companies avoid using truckloads altogether and charge by cubic feet or yards, so having a rough idea of the costs may be helpful.
To give a general impression of the cost of junk removal by volume, we’ve estimated the approximate cost per cubic feet and cubic yards below:
We’ve found that companies tend to charge prices on the higher end of the range, $1.92 per cubic foot, for small loads (minimum, ⅛ load), whereas full loads tended to cost $1.39 per cubic foot on average. In other words, getting rid of more junk all at once is cheaper per unit of volume than just getting rid of one mattress or sack of grass clippings, for example.
- Junk removal normally costs about $1.50-$2.00 per cubic foot
Average cost of junk removal per item
The quantity of junk removed is perhaps the single biggest factor affecting the total cost of junk removal, but not all junk is alike and some junk requires additional handling and/or has associated recycling, dismantling, or disposal fees. We’ve broken down the total estimated cost of junk removal for particular items, broken down by categories below:
Appliances are among the most common types of junk removed by junk haulers in the United States. We’ve found that the cheapest items to remove are AC units at around $83 at the lowest and the most expensive tend to be large entertainment centers at $169 on the high end.
The average costs of removal for various appliances are:
Cost of appliance removal
Along with appliances, furniture also tends to be a routine junk item for junk haulers. We’ve seen price data as low as $68 to dispose of a bookcase or a patio set and as high as $500 to haul away a pool table.
The average removal costs for various furniture items are:
Cost of furniture removal
Electronic waste (e-waste) is a rapidly growing waste stream and is also becoming a common type of junk in many households. E-waste items normally have a recycling fee and must be disposed of responsibly, so the below prices have likely been given with these fees baked in already. The lowest price data we observed was $15 for small monitors and as high as $200 for large TVs and large electronic items.
The average costs for e-waste removal are:
Cost of e-waste removal
Hazardous waste removal
Many junk haulers will not or cannot handle certain types of hazardous waste, but some can. Naturally, the costs for collecting, transporting and disposing of hazardous waste will be higher than for normal non-hazardous waste. The price ranges we observed were about $8/gallon of latex paint on the low end and as high as $100 to dispose of refrigerants.
Below are the approximate costs of hazardous waste removal:
Cost of hazardous waste removal
Garden & yard waste removal
Yard waste such as grass clippings, bagged leaves and twigs have highly variable costs depending on the quantity you need removed. Garden furniture, garden tools and machinery prices tend to be more accurate as they were estimated on a per-unit basis. The price ranges observed were $10 on the low end for tire disposal and as high as $400 for hot tub and spa removal. Please note that for items like sheds, pergolas, gazebos and hot tubs, the price data likely has the cost of dismantling baked in already.
The costs of garden and yard waste removal are:
Cost of garden & yard waste removal
Some specific types of waste that could not as easily be categorized above were included here, such as household garbage and trash as well as construction and demolitions debris. Construction waste tends to be quite different from the rest since it is often hauled away on flatbeds and charged by the weight of inert waste (as opposed to by the truckload or cubic feet). The price range we observed was from about $26 for a few bags of household garbage up to $450 for a truckload of construction waste, although this latter price is highly variable.
The costs of miscellaneous waste removal are:
Cost of miscellaneous waste removal
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Junk removal price methodology & heuristics
We’ve gathered junk removal price data from a wide variety of sources including some of the biggest national franchises and publicly available data from reputable websites, as well as quotes from our independent junk hauler member partners on JunkGator.
The price estimates given were all calculated based on the aggregated mean of like-for-like prices from our data sources. Most prices were given by truckload or a per-item basis; any data that did not squarely fit (e.g. by pickup load or cubic feet/yards) the dataset were converted to truckload and cubic feet to give a more realistic estimate. All prices include labor but do not include any ancillary fees that may sometimes be added such as the dismantling of structures or fees for dumping certain items (e.g. hazardous waste, e-waste), for example.
Please note that the prices given are estimates and are subject to substantial variance, especially by location (city, state) and by your choice of junk hauler. Moreover, the price estimates are typically marginally higher because the dataset includes price estimates from national franchises which typically have higher prices than local, independent junk haulers. In other words, you could save a fair bit of money by choosing a local junk hauler near you by using JunkGator.
How big is a junk removal truck?
Not every company uses the same type of junk removal vehicle. Some companies use simple trailers, some might just use a pickup truck for light-duty hauling, while still others might have large and oversized dump trucks. This can make matters a little confusing if you’re being quoted prices based on the truckload, since the capacity of each vehicle might be quite different from others and you might end up overpaying.
The big national franchises tend to use specially adapted box truck junk removal vehicles with a capacity similar to a small dump truck, usually 400, 440 or 480 cubic feet. Many local, independent junk haulers also use similar vehicles. An example of a typical junk removal box truck and its load capacity is given below:
To give an idea of how much space is inside of the average junk removal vehicle (which can help you determine how much junk removal will cost), we’ve taken the average of various junk removal company truck capacities and loads and given an approximate equivalency in cubic feet, cubic yards, as well as how much junk (roughly) can fit inside.
As a general rule of thumb, one cubic yard is about the size of a large refrigerator or a top loader washer and dryer set (or two washing machines/dryers), give or take. One cubic yard is equal to 27 cubic feet.
*Ford F150 pickup truck bed used for comparisonWhen asking for a quote for junk removal, it’s generally okay to let them quote by the truckload so long as they’re using a typical box truck with about 440 cubic feet capacity. If they’re using a trailer or any other sort of vehicle, it is almost always safer to go by cubic feet/yards since you can guesstimate if the cost is fair or not on your own.
- Junk removal vehicles are typically box trucks with 400-480 cubic feet of capacity
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What affects the price of junk removal?
We’ve already covered two of the biggest factors that influence the price of junk removal, the type and quantity of junk that needs to be removed. What else affects the price of junk removal? Below are some of examples of factors that can affect the price you’re quoted for junk removal:
- Location: junk removal is generally more expensive in states such as New York, Washington, and California than in Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia. Likewise, junk removal tends to cost more in big cities and remote rural areas than in smaller or medium-sized cities.
- Demand & season: junk haulers may charge more during peak periods such as after Christmas or when college students are moving out.
- Date & time: many junk haulers operate during normal business hours but some may offer services on evenings, weekends or holidays that may cost more.
- Gas prices: although the junk removal company is responsible for keeping their vehicles’ gas tanks full, the rising cost of gas factors into their operating costs and indirectly gets passed onto the end customer. Choose local, independent junk haulers that don’t need to drive as far to/from your property and the landfill or recycling center.
- Landfill fees: certain states and regions of the US have much higher landfill tipping fees such as in the Northeast and Pacific. Similar to gas prices, these fees eat into the operating costs of the junk hauler and inevitably get passed onto the customer.
- Type of waste: certain types of waste such as hazardous waste, e-waste and mattresses have additional surcharges at the landfill. The junk removal company will typically charge more for certain types of waste on a per-item or per-volume basis.
- Quantity of waste: as mentioned earlier, most junk haulers in the United States charge per truckload or per cubic feet/yards of junk/waste.
- Labor requirements: if additional labor is required, such as having to call in more staff to remove heavy or bulky items or having to carry junk up or down multiple flights of stairs or in confined spaces, there may be additional costs for labor.
- DIY junk removal: even when hiring a professional junk hauler near you, carrying out junk to the curb for easy collection yourself might get you a discount since you’ve cut down on a lot of the labor. You might also save some money by sorting out all junk beforehand. Ask for discounts on curbside collection with your local junk hauler.
- Permits: normally only required for dumpster rentals when the dumpster must be placed on public right-of-way, permits can drive up costs. Junk removal companies typically come and collect waste and transport it themselves, so permits are generally not required at all.
- Ancillary services: some junk removal companies that specialize in house cleanouts may offer cleanup services, leaving your property spotless after collecting all unwanted junk. Some companies can dismantle structures like gazebos, sheds, and hot tubs and haul away all waste. These types of services generally have additional fees which are reflected in the quoted price.
Some of these factors will be explained below in greater detail.
Dumpster rentals vs junk removal services
Is it better to hire a junk removal company or to rent a dumpster to get rid of your junk? It mostly depends on what type of junk you intend to dispose of, how much, and how frequently you need it collected.
Dumpsters cost an average of about $400/week and you may need to obtain permits depending on where it’s placed. There’s also a lot of waste that cannot be accepted in a dumpster and you will need to toss everything inside yourself. Generally, dumpsters are best for continuous disposal such as construction and renovation work as well as demolitions.
Conversely, junk removal services are better for one-off junk removal such as de-cluttering, when moving, for hoarders, or seasonal yard waste removal, for example. The main advantages of junk removal services over dumpster rentals are typically the substantially lower costs and convenience.
- Junk removal services are usually cheaper than renting a dumpster
Landfill dumping fees
Since publishing our last junk removal price guide, the cost of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill tipping fees has increased noticeably across the board and even more in parts of the country where it was already highest. Moreover, the number of landfills in the United States has continued to decrease, which may mean longer distances needed for junk removal companies to travel, subsequently leading to higher prices for their services.
The national average cost of landfill dumping in the United States was $58.47 per ton in 2023, an 8.8% increase since 2020. Landfill fees were highest in the northeastern states at $75.92 per ton, a 10.5% increase since 2020.
Junk haulers must dispose of unrecyclable, non-hazardous waste at landfills and the costs of dumping will be reflected in higher service fees. For this reason, it is generally best to choose local, independent junk haulers with lower overheads than the big national franchises as well as eco-friendly junk haulers that opt for recycling or donating junk to charities in order to divert as much waste as possible from landfills.
Also keep in mind that specific waste items such as refrigerators, pianos, AC units, tires and e-waste still have surcharges which will be passed onto you, the customer.
- Landfill dumping costs an average of $58.47 per ton
How to save money on junk removal
Junk removal can cost quite a bit, but it doesn’t need to cost a small fortune. If you’re looking at ways of saving more of your hard-earned money and getting rid of unwanted junk from your home or business, consider the below tips:
- Donations: whenever possible, try to donate unwanted junk to charitable organizations in your community. Many will accept furniture and appliances in reasonably good condition and some will even collect it free of charge from the curbside.
- Give away for free: one of the fastest ways to get rid of unwanted junk is to offer it for free on marketplaces like Facebook or Craigslist, for example. You could also go the old-fashioned route and leave it out at the curbside with a piece of paper saying “FREE” or give your unwanted junk to friends, neighbors or family members that could put it to good use.
- Garage sales: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the old saying goes. You might be surprised to find that some of your unwanted furniture or knickknacks can be sold for a little bit of cash at a garage sale. Not only are you getting rid of unwanted junk but you can also make a little profit too!
- DIY recycling & disposal: certain items like hazardous waste or e-waste cannot easily be disposed of and some junk haulers can’t collect specific items at all, so check your local community resources to see where you can dispose of these types of waste. Many will take it for free or for a nominal charge.
- Choose local junk haulers: choosing a local, independent junk hauler near you is almost always going to end up being cheaper and more convenient than hiring one of the big national franchises like the 1-800 fellas. JunkGator works with local junk haulers operating in towns and cities all across the United States that provide honest, genuine services at prices that the big guys just can’t beat.
- Ask for discounts: many independent junk haulers may offer discounts for students, seniors or veterans, so it pays to ask over the phone. You might also be able to get discounts by carrying junk to the curbside yourself or by sorting out your waste because this cuts down on the labor that the junk hauler needs to do.
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Frequently asked questions about junk removal prices
How much does junk removal cost in the United States in 2024?
The average cost of junk removal in the US in 2024 is $233 per job. The approximate price range is $94 for small loads up to $641 or more for a full load. The average cost per cubic foot ranges from around $1.50-$2.00 per cubic foot of junk.
How do I get rid of junk for free?
You can get rid of junk for free by giving unwanted junk away, donating to charities, refurbishing it, composting yard waste, selling junk on online marketplaces, or turning it into creative artwork for your home or yard.
How much does it cost to empty out a house?
The cost of a house cleanout can vary from around $1,000 for a small home to $5,000 or more for a large home full of unwanted junk. The cost of a house cleanout is usually based on the type and quantity of junk that needs to be removed. Request a quote before hiring someone to clean out your house.
Is JunkGator cheaper than renting a dumpster?
In most circumstances, it is cheaper and more convenient to hire a local, independent junk hauler through JunkGator than to rent a dumpster. Dumpster rentals can cost anywhere from around $100 to $800 per week and can be restrictive of the type of waste put inside and you may need to obtain permits as well, so they are generally only better for continuous waste disposal on an ongoing basis such as for home or business renovations, construction, roofing and demolitions jobs. In all other cases it is generally better to hire a junk removal company.
Should I tip my junk hauler?
You do not need to tip a junk hauler, although a small tip will certainly be appreciated for a job well done. There is no hard and fast rule for how much is appropriate to tip, but our junk haulers frequently receive tips in the amount of $10-$20. There is no pressure to tip a junk hauler.
What’s the cheapest way to get rid of unwanted junk?
The cheapest way to get rid of unwanted junk is to give it away to friends, neighbors or family members. Also, many charitable organizations will accept donated junk for free and some will even pick it up from the curbside for you, provided that it is in reasonable condition. Local, independent junk haulers will also often try to donate junk on behalf of their customers since this diverts waste from landfills and in effect lowers their operating costs.
Do I need an on-site visit to get a quote from a junk removal company?
Not always. An on-site visit is generally an easier and more accurate way for junk haulers to quote customers, but many will gladly provide over-the-phone quotes if you’re able to give them a reasonable description of the type and quantity of junk you need removed. Many junk removal companies can also quote you based on photos of your junk.
Does the cost of junk removal vary by city and state?
Yes. The cost of junk removal tends to vary quite a bit from state to state and by city. While too exhaustive to list on a state-by-state basis, generally the cost of junk removal tends to be significantly higher in New York, California and Washington, particularly in large cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. On the other end of the spectrum, junk removal tends to cost significantly less than the average in Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, and parts of Texas.
What’s typically included in the standard price of junk removal?
The standard price of junk removal is generally based on the quantity of junk or waste to be removed and does not include specific types of junk or waste that cost more to dispose of. Examples of waste that may cost more to dispose of than ordinary household junk include hazardous waste, construction and demolition waste, e-waste and specific items like mattresses and tires. Items that require dismantling (e.g. sheds and hot tubs) or additional labor (e.g. carrying a piano up or down multiple flights of stairs) are also beyond the scope of standard junk removal prices and will almost certainly cost more.
Are junk removal prices different for residential and commercial properties?
It depends. Most junk haulers base their prices on the type and quantity of junk or waste to be removed, regardless of whether it’s for a home or a business. That being said, commercial waste tends to include items like office electronics, scrap metal (e.g. shelving units) and bulk waste that may cost more to collect and dispose of, so prices are often higher for a full office cleanout than a typical garage cleanout, for example.