How To Dispose of Unwanted Junk When Moving


If you have ever had to sell a house or have done a house clean-out project, you know how much of a pain it can be to try and figure out how to get rid of unwanted junk.

This is especially true of bulk items that are inconvenient to transport or are too worn and damaged for anyone to buy or accept as a donation.

Luckily, there are a variety of services you can use to get rid of unwanted pieces of furniture and other bulk items.

Here’s a quick guide on some of the ways you can get rid of unwanted junk, so you can find the most convenient for you.


If you have a local recycling center, check what regulations they have. Different centers will have different regulations towards what items they can recycle.

The issue with this method is you may have to break apart items, including metal ones. This takes a lot of time and effort and can be dangerous, especially if you have any rusted metal.

Rent a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is quick, affordable, and is a guaranteed removal of unwanted junk.

Dumpster rental services—such as those available at—are ideal for home cleanouts, major junk removal, or decluttering projects where you have to get rid of a large amount of debris or a couple of bulk items.

You will need to be sure to pick a suitably sized dumpster, so you can load everything you need to get rid of inside.

Depending on your location, dumpster sizes, weight limits, and other restrictions can vary. You will want to check if the dumpster rental company has any item restrictions, as they may charge you extra if you load a restricted item.

Leave Items on the Curb

Leaving items on the curb is ideal for getting rid of a few, reasonably sized pieces of furniture. This option requires little extra effort on your part and can be a relatively low-cost disposal option for furniture.

However, be sure to check with your local service provider before taking this option.

Sometimes, trash collection services will charge extra for furniture disposal. There may also be restrictions on the number of bulk items that can be dumped, or bulk items can only be disposed of at specific times. Some locations may not even offer furniture disposal services.

Use a Junk Removal Service

Junk removal services provide scheduled furniture removal that requires no heavy lifting on your part.

Typically, a junk removal service will send someone to you to determine the cost of removal, which is based on the total number and volume of items. Once you and the service have reached an agreement, they will load up the items and take them away.

Bring Items to the Landfill

If you have or can get access to a suitably sized pickup, you may be able to dump bulk items at your local landfill.

While this option may require you to take multiple trips to the landfill, it is low-cost. Your landfill may even offer free disposal days for bulk items.

However, landfills can be highly selective, especially if they are already over-filled. You will want to check what items your landfill will dispose of and if it is even open for public dumping.

Getting Rid of Unwanted Junk

Now that you know how to remove unwanted junk from your house, you can figure out the one that is most suitable for you.

Be sure to do your research on what junk removal options are available in your area. If you don’t, you may find yourself carting bulk items from place to place in an attempt to find a place that will accept them.

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