Junk Removal vs. Dumpster Rental: Which Should You Choose, and Why?

June 18, 2020

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Written by The Long Beach Dumpster Company Team 


Junk removal and dumpster rental are waste management services that are often used interchangeably. In this article, we are going to talk about the difference between these two waste management solutions, along with their pros and cons.

Dumpster Rental

Dumpster rental services involve renting a dumpster for a specific period of time. However, unlike junk removal, you do the heavy lifting of the waste material on your own, and the dumpster rental company will haul it away on the agreed-upon date or when it's full.

There are several types and sizes of dumpsters to choose from. These options allow clients to pick the best dumpster to fit their needs. For example, if a client has an ongoing home construction project, opting for a roll-off dumpster around 30 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards is a good recommendation. If they do not have plenty of waste to throw away, they can simply opt for a 10 or 20 cubic yard dumpster.


  • Cost-efficient - you will only pay for the fixed dumpster rental price.
  • Plenty of dumpster size options- you can choose a dumpster size that will fit all your garbage.
  • More waste disposal capacity- it can be used to dispose of more waste compared to a junk removal service due to the dumpster’s size.


  • It takes a lot of space- since dumpsters are big, you will need to allocate space for it on your property.
  • You do the hauling on your own- you have to carry the waste to the dumpster yourself. However, if you are hiring construction workers, they can do the job for you.

Junk Removal

Junk removal is a waste management service that involves hiring laborers to haul unwanted items, construction debris, or furniture. Using this type of service is ideal if you do not want to get your hands dirty. Whether your trash is in a barn or basement, junk removal services will haul it for you.

The cost of the junk removal service will depend on the location of your junk and how heavy it is. If your trash is in hard to reach places such as a basement, then expect to pay extra because it will require more effort on the part of the junk removers.

Once your junk is fully collected, it will be taken away by the company using its pick-up truck, dump truck, or cubed van. Items that are deemed unsalvageable are brought to landfills, while those that can still be recycled will most likely end up in junkyards.


  • Best for old furniture, freezers, etc.- junk removal can quickly remove unwanted household items.
  • Saves you energy and effort- you do not have to do anything except for pay for the labor.


More expensive than dumpster rental- some junk removal services calculate their prices per item's size and weight. The complexity of the removal may also be a significant factor in the total cost of the service.

Final Word

When considering waste management solutions for bulky items, it is essential to know the difference between junk removal and dumpster rentals to make the best-educated choice. Dumpster rentals are best for large volume waste disposal, while junk removal is more ideal for throwing away a few cumbersome, unwanted items. Call the Long Beach Dumpster Company today if you have any additional questions!

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