Waste Removal Service: How does it work?

Everybody has junk.  It’s a continuous part of life and living.  Sometimes your junk and debris is beyond what your regular trash pickup can handle.  If you don’t have a truck and trailer, the time or manpower, then a waste removal service is a great option.

What is a waste removal service?

A waste removal service is a company that offers to get rid of anything you don’t want for a fee.  This includes everything from a single-item pickup to a full house clean out.  They take the items from wherever they are on your property and responsibly dispose of everything.

How does a waste removal service work?

Most waste removal service companies offer free estimates to potential customers.  So when you know what you want to get rid of, there are three simple steps to the process:

  1. Schedule a free estimate
  2. If you’re happy with the estimate, you may schedule the job or ask them to clean it up right away
  3. They will take your junk and clean up behind them

Hiring a waste removal service is that easy.  The professionals make getting rid of your junk simple.  They take care of the process from start to finish.

What materials do they accept?

Junk is classified into several categories, such as:

  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous
  • General Trash
  • Recyclables
  • Electronics
  • Paints
  • Tires
  • Construction Debris
  • Yard Waste
  • Metals

Waste removal services typically accept everything, except hazardous materials due to strict laws and regulations on handling and disposal.  Hazardous materials include uncommon materials such as animal blood, explosives, poison and gas.

Common household contents and goods are acceptable, including furniture, trash, electronics, construction debris, etc.  Some items may be limited due to special recycling.

How much does a waste removal service cost?

Pricing is highly dependent on the company near you and geographic location.  Pricing is generally based on volume (how much space the material takes up).  This is a pretty straightforward method of pricing for any junk removal company.  The common price range is anywhere between a $50 minimum for single-item removals, all the way up to $550 for a full load (18 cubic yards).

Additional fees may be incurred due to specific items, such as tires, paints, electronics or dense materials like dirt and concrete.  The disposal costs incurred by a junk removal company are dependent upon the weight of the materials and recycling fees for special items.

A reputable company will offer free estimates and an upfront, all-inclusive cost to complete your project.  You should always hold your provider to their quoted price for the job.

What do they do with my junk?

Typically, waste removal services will sort and separate materials based on the category it falls into, such as:

  • Reusable Items
  • Special Items (Tires, paint, electronics, yard waste)
  • Recyclable Items (Based on resources available to them)
  • Junk / Trash

Reusable items can be sold or donated to a local church or organization.  Special items are items that require special handling and disposal.  Recyclable items will vary from company to company due to recycling resources available to them.  The junk or trash is dumped at a landfill or transfer station for disposal.  Recycling and donating items will help keep the provider’s disposal fees to a minimum.

Waste removal service companies are a great resource and option for projects you don’t want to tackle.  Our guide will help you through the process of hiring a waste removal company.

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