Move-Out Trash and Junk Removal Tips

Moving can be stressful. Clearing out junk and coordinating move out requires thoughtful organization. That’s where Rumpke can help homeowners with waste management and residential junk removal.

Rumpke provides a range of options to help your family manage and remove unwanted items. Whether you’re downsizing or moving across the country, count on us to help.

Our residential waste collection solutions help ensure proper cleanout of your property. We offer short term dumpster rentals, junk removal services, and curbside pickups to make it easier to manage trash collection and removal while you pack and organize the contents of your home.

Let Rumpke handle your residential junk removal

The dependable teams at Rumpke can help homeowners with general junk removal, or yard waste, appliance removal, wood and other construction materials and more.

Residential dumpster rental

Renting a roll-off dumpster can simplify clean-up when you’re moving. Rumpke offers open-top dumpsters in a variety of sizes for weekly or monthly rental. A residential dumpster rental will help make your house and your neighborhood greener and cleaner.

All of our dumpsters for residential use are constructed with heavy-duty materials to withstand the toughest usage. 

Let us help you choose the dumpster size that suits your needs (measured in cubic yards):

  • 15-yard dumpster

  • 20-yard dumpster

  • 30-yard dumpster

  • 40-yard dumpster

Junk removal service

If you don’t need a full dumpster or can’t put one by the curb, consider our residential junk hauling service. Haul-it-Away is a full-service collection team that can handle trash and unwanted junk from anywhere on your property, including attics, garages, and basements. 

Curbside pickups

We make it easy for customers on the move to get things done. Our full-service curbside collection makes it simple for homeowners to clear out items as part of their weekly trash collection.

Depending on location, our comprehensive curbside waste management services can  include:

  • Trash disposal and single-stream recycling program

  • Pickup of yard waste

  • Pickup for large items, such as appliances and furniture

Tips for managing junk during your move

Here are a few simple things homeowners can do to save time, money, and resources when planning a move.

Start early

Planning pays off when you’re moving items from one household to another. Go through your home and divide items into three piles: pack, donate, and discard. 

By separating your belongings and determining which essential items to move, you’ll be able to right-size packing materials, plan for donation, and determine what types of waste management services you’ll need to handle trash.

How to pack fragile items

Fragile items can easily be wrapped in towels and clothing. Rather than purchasing bubble wrap, packing with soft textiles serves double-duty. 

Reuse boxes from home deliveries

Save money and lower your environmental footprint by collecting boxes that you can reuse when packing goods for your move. Bubble wrap and padded mailers are also reusable and come in handy when you’re packing fragile items. You may also want to save paper and plastic bags from purchases to supplement packing materials during your move.

Properly dispose of moving supplies

Moving supplies, such as cardboard boxes, can usually be recycled, and we know how plentiful they are after you’re done unpacking in your new space. After a move, count on Rumpke to help manage trash collection, so you can get settled into your new home. 

Rumpke’s single-stream recycling programs make it easier to mix recyclables in the same curbside bin; we’ll sort it all after we’ve picked it up. If you have a large volume of recyclables, we may be able to accommodate a special curbside pickup if you call us with 48 hours’ notice. We understand how much waste comes before and after a big move, and we’re here to help you manage it.

FAQs - residential junk removal

How much is junk removal?

Junk removal companies estimate pricing based on the type of items, the location, and the overall volume. Our reliable team will be best able to help estimate the costs for your property when you give us a call. 

What items can go into junk removal services?

Junk removal is commonly used to describe items in harder-to-access areas, including attics, garages, and basements. We can help with full-service junk removal for broken appliances, such as old freezers, old furniture, electronic waste (e-waste), exercise equipment, and other household items. 

For homeowners who can’t do heavy lifting, the dependable junk removal teams can also help manage trash removal from other areas around the home.

What kind of items can you put in a residential dumpster?

Dumpsters help homeowners manage removal of non-hazardous waste, debris, and general junk. 

Items that fall into these categories:

  • Packaging

  • Yard waste (including branches and leaves)

  • Mattresses

  • Toys

  • Textiles 

  • Furniture (wooden, metal, or PVC)

  • Cabinetry

  • Paper

  • Metal

  • Hardware and fixtures (such as lights and sinks)

  • Siding

  • Drywall

  • Roofing shingles and construction debris

  • Carpeting or flooring

It’s always best to discuss the types of items that you’re planning to dispose of before you rent a residential dumpster. The team at Rumpke will help you scope hauler size and make sure you’re aware of anything that may not be accepted once it gets to the landfill.

Can you put extra items out to be picked up when moving?

Yes: If you already use our full-service curbside collection services, we’d be happy to help accommodate additional trash or bulky items placed at the curb on your regular pickup day. Our teams try to accommodate oversized items within the same week they are notified. 

Contact Rumpke at least 48 hours before your regularly scheduled collection to request a large item pickup for acceptable items, and/or excessive amounts of trash.

We also have drop-off sites that can take the hassle out of cleanup after a big move.

How do I transfer my weekly pickup service to a new home?

If you’re staying within our service area, it’s easy to transfer waste management services to your new home. Give us a call or fill out our service request form with details of your move, and we’ll help you to get on a new schedule, so there’s no lapse in trash collection.

Make your move go smoothly with Rumpke

For over 90 years, our teams have provided superior customer service and efficient waste removal strategies. Whether you need support with residential trash and recycling pickup, spring cleaning efforts, or items that you can’t take with you during your big move, you can count on us. 

We care about keeping communities clean. If you know you’re going to be leaving things behind when you move, we can help. We can also help with commercial debris removal, such as scrap metal, construction debris removal, and cleanout if you purchased a house that was under foreclosure and was left unmaintained. 

Contact us today for a free audit and we’ll help you right-size the options to meet your household’s needs.

Our pricing is competitive, and we’d be happy to help answer any questions. Fill out our service request form to learn about waste disposal options or waste management and recycling services available in your new zip code.