Learn how much it costs to Remove Waste. (2023)

Updated April 21, 2022

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor. Written by HomeAdvisor.

Junk Removal Prices

Junk removal costs an average of $239 with a typical range between $132 and $371. 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.

Junk Removal Price List
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

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  1. Junk Removal Calculator
    1. Cost to Haul Away Junk by Truckload
      1. Cost to Remove Junk by Project Type
        1. Cost to Remove and Haul Away Yard Debris
          1. Cost to Remove Waste
            1. Cost to Dump At a Landfill
              1. Cost for Hoarding and Cleanout Services
                1. Finding the Right Pro for Trash, Garbage, Junk, or Waste
                  1. Difference Among Junk, Waste, and Trash Services
                    1. FAQs About Junk Removal

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                      National Average $239
                      Typical Range $132 - $371
                      Low End - High End $60 - $700

                      Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 36,890 HomeAdvisor members.

                      Cost to Haul Away Junk by Truckload

                      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 YardsAverage Cost
                      MinUp to 0.5$60 – $150
                      1/80.5$100 – $175
                      1/41$150 – $275
                      1/31.5$200 – $350
                      1/22$250 – $420
                      2/32.5$300 – $475
                      3/43$350 – $500
                      Full3.5$400 – $600

                      *One truckload equals between 5–6 pickup truck loads, depending on the company.

                      Cost to Remove Junk by Project Type

                      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.


                      Learn how much it costs to Remove Waste. (1)

                      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.

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                      Other Major Appliances

                      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 and Mattresses

                      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.

                      Hot Tub

                      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.

                      Construction Rubbish or Debris & Shed Removal Cost

                      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.

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                      Cost to Remove and Haul Away Yard Debris

                      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

                      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.

                      Cost to Remove Waste

                      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:

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                      • 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.

                      Electronic 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.

                      • TV: $10–$100

                      • Computer: $15$90

                      The low end of the range represents what it’ll run you to dump it yourself at the local landfill.

                      Trash Pickup and Residential Garbage Collection

                      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

                      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.

                      Cost to Dump At a Landfill

                      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.

                      Cost for Hoarding and Cleanout Services

                      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.

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                      Foreclosure Cleanout

                      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.

                      Finding the Right Pro for Trash, Garbage, Junk, or Waste

                      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.

                      Planning for Junk and Debris Removal

                      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.

                      Difference Among Junk, Waste, and Trash Services

                      It’s important to understand the difference between “junk,” “waste,” and “trash.” Prices and professionals differ a bit between them.

                      Type and CostWho Provides It?Things to Know
                      Trash removal $50 – $100Provided by the city or private contractor such as waste management.
                      • Regularly scheduled.
                      • Included in your monthly utility bill.
                      Junk removal $60 – $800Junk removal pros
                      • One-time removal of large items (e.g., major appliances, furniture, etc.).
                      Waste removal cost variesWaste removal service or the city
                      • Hazardous materials (typically chemicals and electronics).
                      • Construction debris.
                      Yard and compost $70 – $500Waste removal contractors or the city
                      • Yard waste, tree limbs, and any organic materials.
                      • Compostable food scraps.

                      FAQs About Junk Removal

                      Is there a free junk haul-away service near me?

                      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.

                      How can I get rid of old appliances for free?

                      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.

                      What is the average cost of trash removal per month?

                      You’ll pay between $30 and $50 per month for trash removal services.

                      What do residential garbage collection services charge and what do they provide?

                      Residential garbage collection services charge $30 to $50 per month and pick up regular household trash and garbage.

                      How much does it cost for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

                      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.

                      What does waste management charge?

                      Waste management charges vary based on your area but expect junk removal to average $200 to $400.

                      How much does it cost to rent a dumpster for a day?

                      You’ll spend $40 to $70 per day for most dumpsters with a weekly minimum. Per week, dumpster rental costs $300 to $500. Be sure to check with your homeowners association before getting a large dumpster delivered to your home.

                      How much should I charge for debris removal?

                      For debris removal, you should charge $100 minimum with a cap of around $900 for a truckload, depending on your location.

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                      Is there money in waste removal? ›

                      Rubbish Removal is actually a really easy business to get started in. It can be done cheaply with the minimum of tools or skills and is a hugely profitable enterprise. To operate a junk clearance and recycling service you'll need a van, relevant waste carriers licence and some PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

                      How much does it cost to remove rubbish UK? ›

                      Rubbish removal hourly rates may also vary depending on your location. Prices tend to be higher in London and the South East but on average you can expect to pay approximately £60 per hour for rubbish removal.

                      How much is a ton of dump UK? ›

                      How the tax is charged
                      Rate from 1 April 2022Rate from 1 April 2020
                      Standard rate£98.60 per tonne£94.15 per tonne
                      Lower rate£3.15 per tonne£3.00 per tonne
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                      How much does it cost to clear a garage? ›

                      If you decide to hire professionals for your garage clearance, the price will vary depending on the amount of items for disposal. On average the clearance will cost you between £70 - £300.

                      How do waste collectors make money? ›

                      In short, most waste removal companies make money by recycling, composting, and disposing of waste from municipal, commercial, and industrial customers, wherever they are.

                      How do I start a waste carrier business? ›

                      You'll need to comply with lots of environmental legislation if you're planning to offer waste disposal services.
                      How to start up a waste collection business
                      1. Research your target market.
                      2. Establish your customer profiles.
                      3. Types of waste.
                      4. What type of waste will you collect.
                      5. Recycling.
                      6. Pricing policy.
                      7. Buy an existing business.

                      How much does it cost to dump commercial waste UK? ›

                      Here's a quick overview of commercial waste costs: Bin hire costs around £40-£140 annually. Landfill tax costs are £98.60/tonne. Admin fees include gate fees (£6/tonne), congestion charges (£15), and waste transfer licence (£154 for a high-tier licence, lower-tier licenses are free)

                      How much does a bag of rubble weigh? ›

                      One bag of rubble weighs 20kg – 40kg, so 35 bags of rubble weigh around 1000kg.

                      How much is hippo waste collection? ›

                      The price of a Hippo bag collection undertaken by a licensed waste contractor ranges from £80-£250 (inc VAT) depending on the size of the bag, what you put in the bag (trade/DIY or bulky waste like furniture and appliances), the postcode, and when you need the bag collected.

                      How much does it cost to take waste to landfill? ›

                      an average disposal cost of £100 per tonne.

                      Who pays UK Landfill Tax? ›

                      You'll have to pay Landfill Tax if you operate a landfill site that has a licence or permit authorising disposals in or on the land. In England, this is under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended 2018).

                      What is included in waste pickup? ›

                      It is the transfer of solid waste from the point of use and disposal to the point of treatment or landfill. Waste collection also includes the curbside collection of recyclable materials that technically are not waste, as part of a municipal landfill diversion program.

                      Is the garbage business profitable? ›

                      It's a profitable industry,” according to Debra Reinhart, a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the EPA. “It's a difficult industry but it is profitable if it's done right.” Two private companies, Waste Management and Republic Services, lead the solid waste management sector.

                      How much does it cost to dump commercial waste UK? ›

                      Here's a quick overview of commercial waste costs: Bin hire costs around £40-£140 annually. Landfill tax costs are £98.60/tonne. Admin fees include gate fees (£6/tonne), congestion charges (£15), and waste transfer licence (£154 for a high-tier licence, lower-tier licenses are free)

                      How do you value a garbage company? ›

                      Among the most important considerations are the reliability of the target company's long-term cashflow; diverse customer mix; favorable contract terms; age and compatibility of the equipment with Waste Management's existing fleet; service area footprint; potential future growth opportunities; and Waste Management's ...

                      How much is hippo waste collection? ›

                      The price of a Hippo bag collection undertaken by a licensed waste contractor ranges from £80-£250 (inc VAT) depending on the size of the bag, what you put in the bag (trade/DIY or bulky waste like furniture and appliances), the postcode, and when you need the bag collected.


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