Bin Rental vs Junk Removal: Which is Better?

Bin Rental vs Junk Removal? Which is Better for Your Edmonton Cleanup!

When choosing between Junk Removal and a Dumpster Rental, it can be challenging to know which is best for you if you haven’t used both services. Both options can have their upside depending on your specific scenario and what you’re looking to dispose of. Cost, timeline, allowable and restricted items, permits and illegal dumping are all things that should be considered when seeking disposal. So, when the time comes, which service is best for you?

Why Choose Junk Removal instead of Renting a Bin?

What is the cost of a bin rental and junk removal?

Does junk removal cost more than a bin rental? It can be challenging to compare the pricing of the two because they are such different services. Bin rentals are a more of a “do-it-yourself” option, where a company provides you with a container and you are required to load it yourself. Junk removal is quite the opposite, you simply point to the items you want removed and a team does all the hard work for you.

When you start looking online or calling around for pricing, on the surface a bin rental may appear less expensive than junk removal. This is often the case because of the way the two services are charged. The pricing for a bin rental is often standardized for the specific size of the container to be rented for a period of time. This can be deceptive however, as dumpster rentals can come with hidden or unknown fees that aren’t revealed until the truck visits the dump. Many companies charge additional fees for things like appliances, tires, paints and household chemicals, mattresses and most of all, heavy materials like concrete, dirt and sod. This is very different with junk removal where a price is provided up-front for the total amount of items you’re looking to dispose of. With Junk 4 Good, the price includes all weight and fees for recycling that may apply and best of all, there is no obligation to hire the service even after an estimate is provided.

Ultimately, the cheaper option between junk removal and a bin rental will be determined by the type and quantity of items you’re looking to have removed. If price transparency is what you’re looking for, junk removal is clearly the best option.

How long does each take?

If you’re looking to dispose of your items quickly, junk removal is your best choice. The average junk removal appointment can be completed in just a few hours or less. This happens so efficiently because a team of removal experts arrive ready to work, equipped with the knowledge of how to handle all types of items.

Depending on the length of time you rent a dumpster for, you can load your items into the container at your leisure. Rentals often occur over a 1-30 day period, however one risk you may take with longer rentals is illegal dumping. We unfortunately hear about it all the time, people dumping items off beside a bin to avoid paying disposal fees. Many times these items can be challenging to dispose of or require additional recycling fees, often which are not allowed in dumpster rentals. Junk 4 Good often ends up providing removal services to dispose of these types of items, even once a customer has already paid for a bin rental.

What can junk removal take the a bin rental can’t?

One main benefit that makes junk removal a better choice are the types of items that can be disposed of compared to a bin rental. Because junk removal is handled by a team of professionals, they will load the vehicle using knowledge of what can be recycled and sorting the items accordingly. This is a challenge for bin rentals because the company relies on the customer to load the container. When the driver takes the bin to the dump, if they discover any restricted items, they may have to dig them out of the pile of debris. Not only can this be a lot of work and take additional time, but these companies may not be properly insured to have their staff doing this work.

Items that junk removal can take that may be restricted in a bin rental;

  • Mattresses
  • Appliances
  • Paints
  • Household chemicals
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Propane tanks
  • Florescent light bulbs
  • Rail road ties
  • and more

Is space or access limited at your home? Junk removal utilizes compact trucks that can access any area that a regular car can. A bin delivery requires significantly more space to unload and load the container onto the truck. No driveway space, no problem. Junk 4 Good’s trucks can simply park on the road to load the items into the vehicle. Without space on your property for a bin rental, you may require special permits from your municipality to leave a container on a public road. Lastly, junk removal remains the best environmental option, ensuring that all items that can be are recycled from each load.

Junk crew cleaning up after completing a removal job as a dumpster rental alternative.

What Does Professional Junk Removal Offer?

Simply put, junk removal offers you relief. Junk 4 Good’s junk removal is a full service, hands-off experience for each customer. With a quick call or a few clicks online, an appointment can easily be arranged. Once on-site, just point Junk 4 Good’s team to the items for disposal and allow them to offer you a no-obligation estimate.

Once the work begins, our customer can relax knowing that our teams will load the items with care and knowledge. Teams will sort items intentionally to recycle and donate whatever is possible. Leave the hard work to the pros, you don’t need to lift a finger!

Lastly, with Junk 4 Good’s professional junk removal comes speedy relief. For the average customer, the majority of work can be completed the same day of the booking. Our goal is to make the process effortless and non-intrusive, in and out quickly, bringing freedom from your clutter!

Other ways to get rid of your junk

Are junk removal and bin rentals the only options when getting rid of junk? The short answer is no. There are other options available to you that might suit your specific removal.

  1. Disposal Bags – Some companies, local and international, may offer a disposal bag. These are similar to a bin rental, however have their own limitations. Similar restrictions around items would apply to these, just like dumpster rentals, however you are even more restricted by weight. These bags can be tricky when loading, knowing how much weight they will hold. Additionally, be sure to read the fine print regarding pick up and what happens if the bag is overfilled.
  2. Eco Station/Dumps – These facilities are located throughout the Edmonton region and allow residents to dispose and recycle a large number of items. These facilities can be convenient and can accept most items that you may have at your home, however they require that you transport and haul all of the items yourself. Once at the facility, the staff are not able to assist you, other than directing you where the items go.
  3. Garage Sale – A fun memory for some, a stressful nightmare for others. Garage sales can be a great way to narrow down the number of items you have at your home. However, it is rare that you can get rid of everything through a garage sale and will most likely leave you still needing to get rid of some items.
  4. Donation – Donations are an important aspect to a healthy economy. Second hand goods provide a valuable resource to those who cant afford to purchase new, those who seek vintage or antique items and those who wish to utilize existing items rather than buying new. Some second hand organizations may offer pick up for items, often larger furniture items. They do however have limitations to the items which they can accept.

Is junk removal better than a dumpster rental?

If you are looking for the most convenient, price transparent, all-inclusive, environmentally conscious, recycle minded, hands-off service with the quickest turn around, yes, junk removal is the service for you! The decision of which is better is ultimately yours and unique to your situation.

After reading this, if you still have any, please call us and we’d be happy to assist you!