How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?
$60,000 - $150,000
$60,000 - $150,000
Updated April 21, 2022Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
Junk removal costs an average of $105,000 with a typical range between $60,000 and $150,000. A full truckload runs $400 to $800. The minimum for a single item costs between $60 and $150. Each additional item runs $20 to $40 each. Removing construction debris, gravel or dirt runs $100 to $600 per truckload. Dumpster rentals range from $300 to $600 per week.
|Appliances||$60 – $200 (plus $20 for each additional)|
|Furniture and mattresses||$100 – $600|
|Yard waste||$50 – $550|
|Tires||$5 – $15 each|
|Piano||$200 – $300|
|Hot tub||$300 – $600|
|Construction debris||$100 – $800|
Let's calculate cost data for you. Where are you located?
Where are you located?
|Typical Range||$60,000 - $150,000|
|Low End - High End||$60,000 - $150,000|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.
It’ll cost anywhere from $60 to $800 to haul away junk. Most people spend $200 to $300. Since companies charge a minimum of $60 to $150 with each additional item only tacking on $20 to $40, it’s cheapest to clean out the whole house at once. Most pros offer bulk pricing by the truckload, but a few itemize the load.
|Truck Load||Volume in Cubic Yards||Average Cost|
|Min||Up to 0.5||$60 – $150|
|1/8||0.5||$100 – $175|
|1/4||1||$150 – $275|
|1/3||1.5||$200 – $350|
|1/2||2||$250 – $420|
|2/3||2.5||$300 – $475|
|3/4||3||$350 – $500|
|Full||3.5||$400 – $600|
*One truckload equals between 5–6 pickup truck loads, depending on the company.
Junk waste removal usually involves the removal of large items (e.g., appliances, tires, pianos, etc.) that'll require two or more people to haul away to a landfill or other specified location.
Usually, a professional will look at everything and determine a final price based on what you have, how far they must haul it, and any dumping fees involved.
Refrigerator removal costs $50 to $150 per unit. Since large appliances like freezers and refrigerators contain freon gas, they cannot be thrown away without posing a threat to the ozone layer. You’ll need to hire a waste removal service.
Having a major appliance hauled away costs an average of $100. But it might range from $60 to $130. If you have a few to get rid of, each additional piece only adds $30 on average.
Consider donating appliances that still work or asking to have them recycled. Most junk removal companies recycle the majority of what they pick up. For example, a water heater has a scrap value of about $10 so it will be less expensive than other items.
Furniture removal costs anywhere from $100 to $600. Typically, you’ll pay a minimum of $75 to $150.
Consider donating any usable furniture to secondhand shops like Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. Pick up a tax-deductible receipt when you do it.
Getting rid of a piano costs about $200 to $300, depending on the type of piano and any difficulty involved in getting it out of the home.
If it’s fixable, consider donating it to a musical charity in your area. Moving the piano costs $250 to $600, but if it’s for donation, it’s probably tax deductible.
To remove a hot tub, you’ll pay $300 to $600 depending on how big it is and how hard it is to remove. To save yourself a little cash, you can always break it down and move it curbside for easy pickup.
Tire removal costs $5 to $15 per tire if you drop it off at a recycler or tire shop. If you hire a junk removal company, they’ll charge a minimum of $60. Part of that is a tire disposal fee charged by states ranging from $0.25 to $2 per tire. Almost all tires get recycled, but it never hurts to ask.
With rims: $10–$15 per tire
Without rims: $5–$10 per tire
Construction debris costs $100 to $800 to remove depending on how much you have. Most landfills take this without any extra charge. It’s a good idea to ask your general contractor if they’ll take care of this as part of your overall project.
Most yard debris removal costs $200 to $550 to clean up and haul away. For curbside pickup, where you’ve already piled it up, expect to pay $50 to $100 per load. Do not burn yard waste, unless allowed by your municipality.
Tree debris removal costs $50 to $100, but it’s usually part of total tree removal costs of $400 to $2,000. Unless you want to keep it for firewood, in which case chopping it up adds $75. Never burn trees on your property without contacting your local fire department first.
Waste removal costs $50 to $500 or more. It takes a little more time and preparation than trash and junk removal because it involves anything from dangerous fluorescent bulbs to old latex paint and other harmful chemicals.
The price of waste removal will vary greatly, depending on which of the following categories it falls into:
Electronic: $10–$100. This includes anything electronic from computers to your old TV.
Garbage & Solid: $100–$350. Trash, garbage, and household clutter generally fall here.
Hazardous: $50–$500. The professional removal of old latex paint, mercury, or other chemicals will take careful preparation and specialty equipment.
Universal: This subset of hazardous waste varies in price but includes common items like batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Some items vary by state but your landfill attendants or waste removal pros will know what counts.
Composting: $70–$125. This is anything organic, including yard and food waste.
You’ll spend anywhere from $10 to $100 or more for electronic waste. Fees vary pretty steeply depending on both where you live and what you’re tossing out. Many electronic components get recycled while others have materials harmful to the ground.
The low end of the range represents what it’ll run you to dump it yourself at the local landfill.
You’ll pay $25 to $100 per month for residential trash and garbage collection services. You can get anywhere from a 20-gallon container up to a 96-gallon bin. Usually, this fee comes as part of a larger utility bill that also includes water and sewage.
You may also have to pay a one-time setup fee of $30 to $50 when opting for a private company. Usually, making a trip to the dump to get rid of yard waste, appliances and smaller garbage loads is no big deal. But sometimes you need help with the bigger stuff.
Hazardous waste removal runs anywhere from $50 to $500. Most junk removal services don’t take chemicals or hazardous products. You need to call your local garbage or waste collection company to address these.
Refrigerant or freon removal and disposal: $50–$150. Freon and refrigerants both require special disposal. Some states require licensing to dispose of it properly.
Latex paint: $5–$10 per gallon. Don’t just toss it in the garbage. You can take it to the landfill yourself where they’ll have a special area specifically for chemicals and paints.
Fluorescent light bulbs: $0.10–$0.50 per foot. They contain mercury, a hazardous waste. If you decide to upgrade your home to LED lighting, have a professional dispose of the old bulbs. Don’t throw them out with your trash.
If you have the time and a way to haul it, you can dump your own trash, furniture, and hazardous waste at your local landfill for $20 to $50 per ton. In some locations, your local utility bill includes dumping free of charge.
Hoarding and cleanout services run $1-$7 per square foot depending on the volume of junk and the degree of contamination. In some cases, you’ll need to hire mold professionals. Mold remediation costs $1,000 to $3,500.
Cleaning a foreclosed home can cost between $110 and $650 for basic services. The amount varies depending on the company, the size of the foreclosed property, and if there are items to remove or damages to repair.
Most junk removal services charge either by type and size or by truckload. Additional charges may include fees for delivering waste to its proper place. This is because some items, such as paint, freezers, A/C units, fluorescents, etc., cannot be left in landfills.
Expect your waste removal professionals to:
Sort and deliver everything to a landfill or other proper drop-off.
Clean your home, garage, or landscape following the removal.
Have a trained and experienced removal team.
Waste removal services may offer bulk or itemized pricing, depending on the type of waste. Usually, a professional will look at everything and determine a final price based on the materials involved, the way the company charges (by truckload or by item), and your location in proximity to their company’s base and the landfill.
You can save some time (and maybe even a few dollars) by assembling everything together prior to pick up. And, you can take easily transported junk or waste to the landfill yourself.
It’s important to understand the difference between “junk,” “waste,” and “trash.” Prices and professionals differ a bit between them.
|Type and Cost||Who Provides It?||Things to Know|
|Trash removal $50 – $100||Provided by the city or private contractor such as waste management.||
|Junk removal $60 – $800||Junk removal pros||
|Waste removal cost varies||Waste removal service or the city||
|Yard and compost $70 – $500||Waste removal contractors or the city||
Donate and sell useful items. Some secondhand organizations, like the Salvation Army, will haul junk away for free, if it’s usable. However, if it’s unusable, you’ll have to pay for it from a professional hauler.
If they still work, donate working old appliances to places like Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, or a religious organization. They might even come pick it up.
You’ll pay between $30 and $50 per month for trash removal services.
Residential garbage collection services charge $30 to $50 per month and pick up regular household trash and garbage.
Depending on the area you live in and how much junk you have, it’ll cost anywhere from $100 to $900 for 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
Waste management charges vary based on your area but expect junk removal to average $200 to $400.