Junk Removal Service vs Dumpster Rental: What's the Better Waste Disposal Method For Your Project

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Junk removal service vs dumpster rental service... which is the better waste disposal option for you?

Before you can make a decision between junk haulers and dumpster service, let's start from square one.

Here's the deal...

After you've completed a home project, whether it be a home remodel, estate clean out or home declutter, the last order of business is always dealing with the waste collected.

Let's consider home projects and their associated waste; a home remodel would collect a lot of construction debris, the introduction of new furniture and appliances would require furniture and appliance removal and an estate clean out would have a combination of the two.

For this final task of the project, you want it be completed as quickly, as efficiently and as affordable as possible.

Here's what you can expect from this article...

At the end of this article, you'll clearly want to know which is the best trash removal process for your project when it comes to dumpster rental vs junk removal.

Here's how you'll discover the best option...

We'll look at all your junk hauler service options. We'll examine which disposal method isn't the most affordable, the method that requires the least labor and the method that provides you the most flexibility; we'll even introduce our waste disposal calculator to take the guesswork out of your hands.

Dumpster Rental VS Junk Removal

So, What Are Your Waste Disposal Options?

Well, there are a few methods to dispose of your waste.

You could load up the SUV of pickup truck and make multiple trips to the local landfill.

However, is making trips back and forth from the dumping site the best way you'd like to spend a Saturday afternoon?

If we assume this is not a viable option, that would whittle your options down to two; renting a dumpster or hiring a junk removal service. For this exercise, we'll assume you'll donate whatever items you deem worth donating.

What's better for your home project? Let's dig deep to discover what makes the most sense economically and conveniently.

Bear in mind that the main difference between junk removal and dumpster rental is the labor around the waste removal. Junk Removal is done for you whereas a dumpster rental is an independent process. OK, here's everything you need to know about dumpster rental vs junk removal.

What is a Junk Removal Service?get rid of junk with dumpster rental or junk removal

A junk removal service is hired labor that comes to your home to haul away furniture, construction debris and other unwanted items.

In many cases, an employee or owner of the company you are interested in hiring will come to your home to estimate the cost of your removal project.

Then, typically, two employees of the local company you end up hiring will come to your home and remove the junk you wish to have taken away and load it into the back of their dump truck, cubed van or pickup truck.

Most of these companies are charging you on the volume your unwanted items occupy in their vehicle.

Junk Removal Services Comparison

What is a Roll Off Dumpster Service?

A roll off dumpster service is the placement of a dumpster rental homeowners and/or contractors will fill up with waste and construction debris to be removed and dumped by the local supplier at a later time.

Your local supplier will deliver the trash container at your preferred date/time and drop the bin on your driveway with a hook lift system that is affixed to their light-to-medium duty truck.

Once the dumpster rental is on your driveway, you will discard your unwanted items by either throwing them over the side panel or by walking the items into the walk-in double doors (if your supplier has that option).

The typical dumpster rental period ranges from 5-10 days and when you've filled your trash container, you'll call your supplier back and have the bin picked up.

So, these are your options and both, like any two options you weigh between, will have their pros and cons; let's discuss.

Here's Why You'd Rent a Dumpster For Your Waste Disposal

You would be more likely to opt to inquiring about a dumpster service if you prefer the most affordable option.

In most instances...

If you're comparing a completely filled dumpster to a completely filled junk removal vehicle, you'll pay less for the bin.

Renting a dumpster is a longer process than junk removal; you're provided the aforementioned 5-10 days. The additional time means you can rummage through the house and discard the junk from the entire home.

Also, some feel junk removal as an evasive process with individuals coming in and essentially rummaging through your home. The interaction when you rent a dumpster is simpler, they drop the bin off on your driveway, you fill it up and they come to pick it up and dump it for you when you're finished.

Waste More Associated With Dumpster Rentalsroof debris

If you're intending on getting rid of any of the following items, you're better opting for renting a dumpster:

  • Construction debris (lumber off-cuts, drywall, metal studs, etc.)
  • Household waste (small furniture, unwanted kids' belongings, etc.)
  • Yard debris removal
  • Roofing debris

Why You'd Hire A Junk Removal Company

You'd be inclined to choose a junk and debris removal company if you want the waste disposal and haul away service to be completely hands free. The only physicality involved would be to point out to the company the junk you'd like to have removed and possibly centralizing your junk for a faster and more efficient removal.

Also, if you want the waste disposal to be as quick as possible, you'd more likely opt for this service as it's a disposal method that takes a couple hours rather than a couple days as a trash container rental would.

Finally, if you're worried about driveway scratched from the dumpster rental, you may opt for this service because they won't be placing down a container like a dumpster rental company will. Instead, the labor will place all your unwanted items into the back of their vehicle to transport to the local landfill.

That said, this issue is mitigated if your local dumpster provider does supply driveway protection.

Waste More Associated With Junk Removal

Bulkier items and these other scenarios will typically lend themselves more to hiring a trash removal company near you:

Items You Won't Dispose With Either Disposal Method

When utilizing a junk and debris removal company or renting a bin, there will be certain items you won't be able to dispose of with either method. Specifically, if you have hazardous waste or bio-hazardous waste, you need to research municipal options to dispose of this waste correctly.

For instance, if you research on Google, you should find a local drop off center for paint and other hazardous items.

In some instances a dumpster company or junk company may accept those materials but will process additional fees, it's worth asking your inquired supplier.

Cost of Renting A Dumpster

How much it costs to rent a dumpster for a day, week, month or more depends on several factors.counting change

Primarily, your location in the country and your landfill's dumping costs will play the biggest factor in what the cost will be for your dumpster rental.

Other factors to consider when you're thinking of renting a bin include:

  1. How long you need the container for - you'll pay additional fees if your rental exceeds the number of allotted days provided.
  2. The items you plan to dispose of - you'll pay additional fees for e-waste, mattress disposal, yard waste.
  3. Where in proximity you are from your local supplier - if they are travelling further out to service you, you can bet they are adding a fee on top of your rental.

In the majority of instances, because you're not paying for labor, the dumpster rental will charge less than the junk removal option. This is something to consider when deciding between affordable hauling and dumpster service.

On average, across the country, most people that intend on renting a dumpster should budget $300 for the rental (this would include your delivery, pickup and allotted days).

Home Advisor has a real handy calculator that will help you determine the cost of renting a dumpster in your local zip code.

How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?

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While there could be variances between junk removal companies, majority of these companies, like 1-800-Got-Junk, will charge you by the volume your junk occupies in their vehicle rather than the time on-site for their labor to remove the junk. Got Junk pricing can start as low as $139 (maybe you only have a handful of stamps to get rid of?) and in most situations will exceed $500, getting closer to $600 for a full truck. You may incur additional fees if you have dangerous or cumbersome items to haul away.

For other like companies, you could pay as low as $70 and as high as $700, if you have additional fees tacked onto your invoice. The average cost for junk removal is $300 (about a half truck full).

You're essentially paying the percentage of the vehicle you fill with your junk. These companies will have allotted charges for an eighth, quarter, half, three quarters and full truck load. If you're looking for cheap junk removal in your area it's best take note of what exactly the junk removal services are providing.

Best Junk Removal Service Options

If you decide that a junk removal service is your preferred way to address your waste disposal project, here are some companies that can provide you a great experience.


Just point and the junk disappears is their tagline. With franchise locations across North America, 1-800-Got-Junk is the most recognizable face in the junk removal space. Their franchises across the continent are highly-rated, providing around-the-clock customer service.

Their call centres are staffed 24/7 and they provide simple appointment scheduling. For the appointment, they’ll send two laborers to your place to remove your unwanted items. 1-800-Got-Junk like many junk removal companies will charge on how much truck space your items take up. Their pricing does include labor and dump fees.

College Hunks Hauling Junk

College Hunks Hauling Junk don’t just offer a junk removal service but also additional services like moving and donation pickups in association with your waste disposal.

Started by Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman were college pals looking to make some side money when they started their service in Tampa, back in 2005. They now operate 100 franchise locations across the United States.

Unlike other junk removal companies, they will try to provide same-day or next-day accommodations. Once their laborers are on-site, they’ll observe the items you’re discarding and provide you an estimate. Like most services, they’ll price based on how much of their trucks you fill.

College Hunks Hauling Junk partners with non-profits like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill to salvage the unwanted items. They also donate meals to children in need.


While LoadUp does provide similar full-service junk removal like the other two aforementioned companies, they do cater to another customer segment; they provide upfront and transparent pricing for small or single-item loads.

In fact, the company was founded by CEO Greg Workman on the discovery of frustration from homeowners who didn’t know who to call when they needed to dispose of a single item like a mattress.

Their request process is formatted with this concept in mind where you add your zip code then choose one of two options: a) “I have exact items I would like removed” or b) “I have non-specific items or a large cleanout”. This means that no on-site estimate is required and you get your estimate without hassle.

Dumpster Rentals and Trash Removal Near Me

If you feel like you know which waste disposal option you want to opt for, now is the time to go search the best option.

If you believe renting a dumpster is your best course of action, we hope you allow us to provide you our Residential Friendly experience. You can find your local Bin There dump That franchise location right below.

If we do not have a franchise in your location, we suggest you head over to our friend Google. Search, "dumpster rental". You should get plenty of options there.

Other options include search for dumpster rentals on Yelp, Hometown Dumpster Rental, Home Advisor/Angi and/or Thumbtack.

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If so, submit your request today! Additional questions regarding the Bin There Dump That dumpster rental experience can be answered on our FAQ page or by your local Bin There Dump That operator.

Which One Will It Be: Dumpster vs. Junk Removal Calculator?

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