Few homeowners are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to haul the waste off to the proper facilities on their own. It requires a large, weight-bearing vehicle that in many cases they’ll need to fill and empty several times, the fuel for multiple trips to the correct disposal facilities, and, in some cases, the permits to drop off waste at those facilities.

It can be a lot of backbreaking work that costs more than you save by hiring a company to dispose of everything properly.

Depending on how hands-on you want to be, there are two main choices when it comes to disposing of large amounts of waste: junk removal services or dumpster rental.

Junk removal pros and cons
Junk removal services typically advertise that they’ll do all the work for you — including getting that freezer out of the basement and hauling it away.

Keep in mind that you’ll most likely pay for additional trips, if necessary. It could add up if you have to call them back because you found more waste after they left or if they need to return after filling up their vehicle one or more times.

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Dumpster rental pros and cons
Dumpster rental businesses require the renters to fill the container on their own instead of hauling items out for them.

Because dumpsters are generally rented by the week, they’re best for projects the last several days or longer.

You can take your time filling the dumpster as you go, and the larger rental window also allows room for projects that take longer than originally expected as you are in charge of the pickup day.

For smaller jobs, another option is purchasing a Bagster from a home improvement store like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards or even Walmart. Bagsters are heavy-duty bags with a 3,300-pound capacity designed for jobs that are too big for trash bags, but too small to require a dumpster.