How Much Does Junk Removal Cost?

How much does junk removal cost depicted by junk hauling truck with large green dollar sign in front. ZTERS logo in bottom right

Many of us require junk removal at some point or another. Whether you’re moving, decluttering, or renovating, you’ll likely accumulate a pile of items that need to be hauled away. Figuring out how to dispose of bulkier items—such as mattresses, furniture, and other appliances—can be especially puzzling.

That’s where junk removal service comes in. But how much does junk removal cost? Let’s break down the factors that influence the cost of junk removal, so you can make an informed decision.

Factors that Influence Junk Removal Costs

There are tons of benefits associated with junk removal. Variability of cost means that your invoice will be dependent on your unique needs. In other words, you won’t be paying for services you don’t need because this isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal.

Here are some factors that calculate into the total cost of junk removal.

Volume of Junk

Typically, junk removal companies charge based on the amount of space your junk occupies in their trucks. They may use measurements like cubic yards to determine the cost. The more stuff you have, the more you can expect to pay.

Here’s how ZTERS breaks that down. These costs are estimates and are not guaranteed:

VolumeApprox. cost
Full load (16 yards)~$795
Half load (8 yards)~$495
Minimum pickup~$315

Type of Junk

Some items, like electronics, hazardous waste, or large appliances, may require special handling and disposal, which can increase the price. Common household junk is usually less expensive to remove than items that need special disposal methods. It’s helpful to have a good idea of the type of junk you need disposed before you schedule your pickup.


Your location plays a role in determining junk removal costs. In densely populated areas or regions with higher operating costs, such as cities, you can generally expect to pay more for junk removal services than in rural areas.

Accessibility of Junk Pickup

The accessibility of your junk can also affect the price. If the items are easy to access, meaning they’re already in a pile in your driveway, it will likely be less expensive than if the removal crew has to navigate tight spaces, stairs, or long hallways to get to your junk.

Additional Junk Hauling Services

Many junk removal companies offer additional services like heavy lifting, disassembly, and cleanup. These services can add to the overall cost. Make sure to inquire about the availability and cost of these services when getting a quote.

Frequency of Service

Some junk removal companies offer discounts for recurring or regular services. If you anticipate needing junk removal on a regular basis, inquire about these potential discounts.

Is it worth it to just do DIY junk removal?

While it might be tempting to handle junk removal yourself to save money, it’s essential to consider the costs and logistics involved in DIY removal. You’ll need to rent a truck, potentially hire labor, and spend time and effort doing the heavy lifting and disposal. In some cases, hiring a junk removal service may be more cost-effective and convenient.

Keep in mind as well that illegal dumping is a pervasive and serious issue that can result in hefty fines and even jail time. When in doubt, contact a junk removal company.

Call ZTERS for Accurate Junk Removal Costs

To get an accurate junk removal cost estimate, give ZTERS a call. Once we know more details about your needs, we can provide you with a custom quote. It’s simple and convenient to schedule your junk removal through ZTERS.

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