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remove trash, junk or debris

Stuff you don’t want falls into three categories: trash that needs to be properly disposed of, valueless junk you don’t want but isn’t technically useless, and debris from projects or the yard. The average home accumulates tons of this stuff over the course of a year, and if it’s not taken care of at the time, it ends up being a big project. How do you get it to go away? It’s possible to do it yourself, though it is an incredibly time-consuming process and not entirely without expense. Learn how to get started below:


  • Access to a pickup truck or large van
  • Easy vehicle access to home
  • Stuff to be removed is small


  • Adequate truck access to home
  • Large appliances or heavy debris
  • Some junk needs to be disassembled to get it through doors


  • Difficult for truck to access home, like an old apartment
  • Debris scattered over a large area
  • Heavy appliances and furniture
  • Dangerous or messy debris, like construction concrete

Step-by-step guide to remove trash, junk or debris

Recommended Preparation

  1. Make an open path for your truck and hauler(s)

    Whether you’re renting a truck or using your own, your junk hauling project isn’t going to go well if it can’t reach the stuff. It isn’t realistic to expect you can pull your truck right next to the area that needs stuff removed, let alone that there will be an opening big enough for all of it. Prepare a path for you and those helping you to move to and from the area of the home you’re storing your stuff in. Remove all obstacles and delicate furniture, cover carpet and flooring that could become damaged with tarp, cardboard or pads, and keep all doors held open.
  2. Prepare your vehicle for maximum capacity

    People naturally pile up the things they’re meaning to get rid of, and shove it in corners, nooks and crannies. When it all is taken out and looked at in aggregate, you might be surprised to find just how much there really is. Remove all unnecessary tools and objects from your truck to make maximum junk room.
  3. Plan for type of junk and drop locations

    You may have to go to several locations depending on the type of stuff you’re trying to get rid of. Many of these, like the city dump or recycling plant, have fees and requirements that you should be prepared for. Old electronics and certain types of waste are especially regulated. Make sure you get information from your drop locations before embarking on a fully-DIY version of this project.

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  1. Start with the big stuff

    Whether it’s a malfunctioning fridge, a slab of busted concrete, or a mountain of compost, it always pays to start big and then get to the details. For one, if you’re hauling junk yourself, you’re going to get incredibly tired throughout the day, and will want diminishing challenge. Also, these things take up the most room, and often have specialized disposal requirements. You don’t want to load up your truck with the little things and then find that the major appliance that inspired you to clean house can’t even fit.

If you do have large, unsalvageable junk like concrete, broken furniture and the like, use tools like a sledgehammer in a safe, tarped off area to break it down into manageable pieces.
  2. Use a helping hand

    In this case, DIY can’t be 100% yourself. Some of these things are just too big. Even if nothing falls on you, there are still safety concerns with managing that much weight, and balancing large junk on a dolly or hand truck. Even just holding a door open can make a world of difference.
  3. Prioritize junk based on location

    If some of it is going to an old electronics collection service, some is going to the recycling plant, and the rest is going to Goodwill, you’ll want to load up your truck with like-trash near each other so you can make efficient unloads at each stop. That’s assuming you can take it all in one go, of course.
  4. Do a final sweep of the house

    This is both literal and figurative – clean the house of any heavy dust and debris that results from moving everything out of it, and check every last inch for things you want to get rid of. If you rented or borrowed the truck you’re using, it’d be a shame to have to go get one again upon discovering more stuff that needs removing.

Estimated Time

4 hours

Required Tools

  • Spackle

  • Putty knife

  • Primer

  • Paint

  • Wide flat brush

  • Masking tape

  • Plastic sheeting

  • Plastic bucket

  • Mixing stick

Common projects and their price

At, we’ve helped thousands of people complete their junk, debris and trash hauling projects. We’ve got a pretty good idea of how much certain parts of the project should cost. Check out the most common projects we’ve seen people do, and the average cost to complete them nationwide.
Removing broken appliances from a single family home
$340 - $376
Removing appliances from limited access apartments
$342 - $399
Removing construction debris from a spread out area
$1,720 - $1,820

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