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Junk Removal Service Costs

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Junk removal services are ideal for large-scale cleaning and decluttering projects, renovations, landscaping work, moving cleanouts, and other events that produce an excessive amount of waste. This is typically used as a one-time service for hauling away debris or items that cannot be disposed of in the daily trash or when there is simply too much to sit on the curb on trash day.

Junk removal services may be calculated by load volume or container size. Some companies offer individual item rates for large appliances and furniture. Premiums may be charged for appliances that contain freon, which requires special disposal. Below, you can compare costs based on load size and the average cost per item.

Junk removal: by load size, measured in cubic feet.

Load Size Cost
Minimum: up to 60 cubic feet. $85
60-80 cubic feet: ⅙ load. $110
80-120 cubic feet: ¼ load. $125
120-180 cubic feet: ⅜ load. $175
180-240 cubic feet: ½ load. $250
240-300 cubic feet: ⅝ load. $290
300-360 cubic feet: ¾ load. $340
360-420 cubic feet: ⅞ load. $390
420-480 cubic feet: full load. $425

Junk removal: per item.

Item Cost
Couch $120-$150
Refrigerator $50-$100
Mattresses: Queen or King $80-$100
Washer and dryer: pair $80-$195
Lawnmowers $80
Spa or hot tub $100-$150
Freezers $35-$60
Piano $75-$95
Tires: with rims $10 per tire
Computers $85
TV $80

Other considerations and costs

  • Some companies will not include landfill fees in their initial estimates. Local landfill fees vary, but typically average between $20 and $50 per ton.
  • In the event that you need a permit for a dumpster or placing junk on a public street, that can cost between $40 and $75.
  • Certain hazardous materials require proper disposal methods. Junk removal services will fine customers up to $500 for any prohibited materials. You can dispose of these items properly by contacting your city or local department that handles waste management.

DIY considerations

  • A junk removal service’s standard “load” is approximately 4 pickup trucks worth of junk, to help you determine whether DIY disposal might be cheaper, depending on how much junk you have.
  • If you choose to dispose of your own junk, you’ll only have to pay the landfill fees as long as you have transportation to the landfill in the first place.
  • A cheaper option for smaller loads (3,300 lbs. or less) is a Bagster or similar one-time disposal option that you can purchase at your local home improvement store. The bags cost about $30 and will cost an average of $100 to have hauled away once you have filled them.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(180-240 cubic feet)
  • New York, NY$402
  • Bronx, NY$330
  • Brooklyn, NY$275
  • Philadelphia, PA$343
  • Washington, DC$298
  • Atlanta, GA$269
  • Miami, FL$245
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$257
  • Minneapolis, MN$301
  • Chicago, IL$351
  • Houston, TX$362
  • San Antonio, TX$243
  • Austin, TX$275
  • Denver, CO$232
  • Phoenix, AZ$245
  • Las Vegas, NV$269
  • Los Angeles, CA$303
  • San Diego, CA$275
  • San Jose, CA$332
  • Seattle, WA$243

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