Trash pickup and removal services near you

If your trash removal company isn’t taking all of your trash, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We offer full-service recurring and one-time trash pickup services for residential and commercial properties.

Unlike your local dump pickup company, we take everything, including electronics, furniture, and organic waste. Best of all, we do all the loading so you never have to lift a finger. All you have to do is point and your junk disappears!

Why should you hire a professional trash pickup and removal service?

You’ve got enough going on—let us take care of all that garbage so you can cross this one off your to-do list!

Unlike regular trash hauling companies, we do everything from start to finish. You won’t have to worry about hurting your back or damaging your home—we’ll haul everything out to the truck without leaving a dent or speck of dirt behind. We’re in your neighborhood—find a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? location near you.

How our pricing works

The final cost of your junk removal can vary greatly depending on what we take, how much needs to be removed and how big of a crew will be needed to get the job done. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is always happy to provide you with a free onsite, zero-obligation estimate, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Click here to see our pricing.

Government scheduled garbage pickup instructions

While 1-800-GOT-JUNK? provides junk removal for a fee, we know a thing or two about garbage pickup. Here is what you need to know about your regularly scheduled waste pickup service provided by your local government:

  1. Put the garbage out early
    1. Get the garbage out before 7:00 am, but don’t leave it out from the night before!
    2. Make sure the lid is closed securely, especially in areas with wildlife.
    3. Leave the bins by the curb at the edge of your property. 
    4. Ensure the bins and containers are clearly visible and accessible from the street.
    5. Take your bin back to its storage spot once the garbage is picked up - no later than the end of the day!
  2. Ensure your garbage and recycling are sorted accurately
    1. Follow your city's rules to separate garbage, recycling, and green waste where applicable.
    2. Garbage needs to be bagged so it doesn’t spill
    3. Recycling may require splitting materials as simple as plastics and papers or as complicated as soft plastics, hard plastics, paper, corrugated cardboards, etc.
    4. More municipalities require green waste separation where organics and foods need to be separated from the garbage.
  3. The amount of waste cannot exceed local limits
    1. Your garbage cannot go beyond the rim of your garbage bins. Some locations require the bins to not exceed ¾ full.
    2. The weight limit for your garbage will depend on the type of garbage bin you’re putting it in. Some garbage bins can hold weights up to 300lbs and are picked up by machines on the garbage trucks. Other garbage bins are lifted by humans and have smaller weight limits such as 35lbs.
  4. Hazardous waste limits
    1. Certain items can be taken by government scheduled garbage pickup, but require special circumstances
      1. Glass: needs to be wrapped in many layers of paper/towel so as not to injure the waste technicians.
      2. Animal waste often needs to be bagged or double-bagged.
      3. Large or bulk items like appliances or furniture require booking a special pickup day with your local government garbage pickup website.
    2. Other items that can be hazardous are not accepted during government-scheduled garbage pickup and need to be taken to your local dump, including:
      1. propane or gas tanks
      2. paint (liquid paint, paint cans, or spray paint cans)
      3. needles and other sharp objects
      4. batteries
      5. liquid household cleaning products (bleach, ammonia, or other corrosive cleaning liquids)
      6. fluorescent light bulbs
      7. tires (for cars, motorcycles, trucks, and bicycles)
      8. medication (when added to regular garbage, it can make its way into waterways and negatively affect aquatic life and ecosystems)
      9. asbestos, lead, and other health-impacting materials
      10. flammable solids or liquids
      11. aerosol cans or containers

Was there an issue where your government’s local garbage collection didn’t take all of your trash? You can file complaints or contact your sanitation services via forms or call centers, but in most circumstances, you’ll still have to wait for your next scheduled pickup day. Alternatively, you can book a garbage pick up and removal with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. In many locations around the country, we can be there to remove your garbage within 24 hours. Call or book online to schedule a no-obligation estimate for your garbage pickup!

Trash removal FAQs

How much does trash pickup cost?

Trash removal prices vary by city. The costs for both residential and commercial pickup are usually based on the size of your container and how often your trash is collected.

Every waste management service has their own restrictions on what sorts of trash they’ll collect. If you’re looking for some help getting rid of large or unusual junk, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today! We’ll come to you and do all the heavy lifting - all you have to do is point!

Can you throw batteries in the trash?

The simple answer is no, because it is illegal to throw batteries in trash! Never throw batteries or items that contain batteries in the trash or recycling bins. Most batteries, regardless of type, contain toxic chemicals such as Ion, Cadmium, Lead, Lithium, or Sulfuric Acid. Batteries can cause fires in recycling facilities. If old batteries go into landfill, the toxic pollutants can leak out and damage fragile ecosystems and contaminate groundwater. Batteries must be removed from devices, separated from regular household trash and disposed of properly.

What do you do if you miss your garbage truck?

If you miss your garbage truck and have too much trash to wait until the next collection day, there are other trash pickup options in your area.

The first option is to take your trash to your local dump or recycling center. However, taking your trash there yourself means sorting it, loading and unloading it, and taking time out of your day.

Save yourself the stress and let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take your trash for you. We are fully insured, do all the heavy lifting, and recycle whenever possible to save you time and put your mind at ease.

How can I reduce waste at home?

Reducing waste in your home is easier than you think. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Recycle paper, metal, and plastics whenever possible.
  2. Buy reusable bags and repurpose your plastic bags.
  3. Prepare fresh meals at home rather than eating out and using disposable food containers.
  4. Buy bulk items and use reusable containers.
  5. Create a compost pile for organic waste.
  6. Learn how to patch and repair instead of buying new things when something breaks.
  7. Use reusable dishes instead of one-time use disposable plates.
  8. Upcycle broken items into new ones.
  9. Always donate old items before throwing them in the trash.

How can I reduce food waste?

Reducing food waste at home requires discipline, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s a list of ways you can cut back on creating food waste at home:

  1. Shop for food with a plan in mind.
  2. Avoid over-portioning.
  3. When you have leftovers, eat them.
  4. Learn how to properly store your food for maximum shelf life.
  5. Organize your pantry and fridge so that it works for you.
  6. Only buy food you believe you will eat.
  7. Keep track of what and how much you are throwing away.
  8. Start meal prepping.
  9. Never shop hungry.
  10. Freeze and preserve extra fruits and vegetables.
  11. Buy fresh foods that will stay ripe until you'll eat them.

How do I reduce plastic waste?

Plastic makes up a large amount of solid waste in landfills and can take centuries to break down. And unfortunately, the more plastic is used, the more valuable space it takes up in landfills.

However, there are several ways you can help reduce plastic waste:

  1. Buy cardboard box products instead of plastic bottles.
  2. Use bulk bins and reusable bags instead of one-time purchases.
  3. Switch from plastic straws to paper or metal ones.
  4. Stop chewing gum - it’s made of plastic, or synthetic rubber.
  5. Use reusable containers at home.
  6. Bring your own take-out bag instead of using the styrofoam containers most restaurants use.
  7. Switch from disposable lighters to matches or a refillable one.
  8. If you can manage, cloth diapers generally have a lesser impact on the environment than standard disposable diapers.
  9. Use metal silverware instead of plasticware at home.
  10. If you like juices, make them fresh instead of buying them in a plastic bottle.
  11. Create your own cleaning products with simple ingredients from home.
  12. Switch from disposable razor blades to a razor with replaceable blades.
  13. Instead of buying pre-packaged bread, make your own.
  14. If you’re buying meat, buy it from the deli and wrap it in paper.
  15. Switch from plastic bottle soap containers to bar soaps.
  16. Refrain from deodorant or antiperspirants that come in plastic containers - there are many healthier alternatives.
  17. Instead of using an air freshener, light a candle.

What happens to garbage after it is collected?

After garbage is collected, it goes to a landfill to be sorted. The materials are separated by trash and recyclable items. The trash is dumped in the landfill to be plowed and separated into various deposits. There are systems in place to capture the leaking chemicals and air pollutants. There are also systems to convert these toxins into energy.

Trash we take

As long as no hazardous items are present, we remove most trash, including:

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Trash
  • Household Trash
  • Organic Waste
  • Garbage
  • Bulk Trash

How our service works:

  1. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 1-800-468-5865.
  2. Our truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment window to let you know what time we’ll arrive.
  3. We'll take a look at the items you want to be removed and give you an all-inclusive price.
  4. We'll remove your items, sweep up the area, and collect payment once we’re done.
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