The Best Junk Removal Companies

January 17, 2024

So, you’re cleaning up and need a junk removal company, but you don’t know where to start. What should you look for in such a company? Who should you use? What will it cost? How’s their pricing? Their customer service? Do they recycle or donate usable items?

Buckle up, my friends. Today you will learn everything you need to know about junk removal services.

In no order of popularity, listed below are seven of the top junk removal and recycling companies you might want to consider, including the pros and cons for each. All are listed on Forbes Best Removal Companies of 2024.

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving began in the summer of 2003 by Omar Soliman, who worked at his mother’s furniture store. When he began getting requests from customers to help haul away old furniture, he saw there was a need for this service and created this company, originally named “College Hunks Hauling Junk” with his best friend, Nick Friedman. Today, there are over 200 locations in the US and Canada.

Pros

  • Available in all 50 states
  • Online price generator that offers guaranteed quotes
  • High number of positive customer reviews
  • Prices are based on the number of items to be removed not the weight

Cons

  • Recycling not available everywhere

1-800-Got-Junk?

This company began as a means for a college student to pay for his education. It was created in 1989 by Brian Scudamore in Vancouver, Canada after he spotted a junk-hauling truck going through a McDonald’s drive-thru. This inspired him to start a similar business, naming it. “The Rubbish Boys” with the slogan “We’ll Stash Your Trash in a Flash”.

In 1999, he changed the company’s name to what it is today and invested in more trucks. Today it is the world’s largest junk removal service and a household name with over two hundred locations across three countries.

Pros

  • Same day service
  • Customer service 24/7
  • They recycle almost everything and donate usable items to local charities.

Cons

  • Pricing, which runs from about $100 to $500 can be expensive as it is determined by weight/volume.

Junk King

Junk King is a franchise started by two childhood friends, Mike Andreacchi and Brian Reardon in 2005.

Fun fact: Mike once worked for 1-800-Got-Junk? and paid attention. Today the number of franchises for this company is fast growing with locations in 32 states and Canada. They offer a lot of deals and are well-known for their customer service.

 

Pros

  • Discount pricing; 20% off when booking online
  • 24/7 customer service
  • They recycle just about everything and donate usable items to local charities
  • Trucks are bigger than average
  • Online price estimator
  • They accept e-waste

Cons

  • Estimates can change
  • Limited locations

LoadUp

Founded in 2014 by Greg Workmon after his own negative experience with another junk removal company, the company grew rapidly and today serves over 160 US cities. They offer upfront, guaranteed pricing before arriving at your location, assembly of furniture, exercise equipment, and swing sets. It is one of the more affordable junk removal companies.

Pros

  • For every service performed, they will plant one tree through a partnership with One Tree Planted
  • 24/7 online customer service
  • They recycle and donate usable items locally

Cons

  • Scheduling issues
  • Limited locations
  • They use third party companies depending on location

 

Junkluggers

Josh Cohen founded this company in 2004 out of his mother’s Dodge Durango while living in Trumbull, Ct. He was 21 years old. Today the company has grown into a multi-state franchised operation.

 

This is an eco-friendly junk removal company committed to providing an elevated customer experience and bettering the environment and communities they serve. They will donate usable items to local non-profits and charities. If they can’t donate, they will carefully break down whatever it is carefully, and repurpose or recycle it.

Pros

  • Quoted prices are guaranteed
  • 24/7 online service
  • Same-day, next day and late appointment discount services
  • On time guarantee

Cons

  • Quotes are only available on-site; meaning at your location
  • Limited location
  • Has recycling surcharges

 

JDog Junk Removal and Hauling

Veteran Jerry Flanagan returned home from the Army in 2011 and started his junk removal business and his business quickly expanded. In 2017, he began franchising, adhering to their mission “to employ and empower veterans through franchising opportunities”. Today, there are 142 franchised locations in various states around the United States.

Pros

  • Higher customer satisfaction ratings; they clean up after themselves
  • Dependable, sustainable and respectful
  • 60-80% of items are donated or recycled
  • Different price points for different types of junk.

Cons

  • Only available in 33 states
  • No online quotes or pricing information which is based on weight and volume

 

Bonus: Dumpsters.com

Dumpsters.com is a private company founded by John Fenn and Mark Campbell in 2016. They are based in Westlake, Ohio. They are a waste and recycling company that helps simplify the removal process of garbage at residential homes, construction sites, or commercial businesses.

With Dumpsters.com, pricing is straightforward and based on the size of the dumpster size and the length of the rental. However, there are additional fees if your waste exceeds the weight limit or your local landfill charges more to dispose of certain items. Regarding recycling, they state that “in some areas, not all items are allowed in the same container because they are sent to separate landfills, transfer stations or recycling facilities”.

Pros

  • Available across America and Washington, DC
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Same day service

Cons

  • Straightforward but higher than average rates
  • Overage charges if your trash weighs more than the limit
  • Delayed pick ups

 

There you have it! Search online for additional haulers who offer similar options as these listed here today.

 

Happy cleaning!

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