How to Start a Junk Removal Business

by Jessica Jones; Updated September 26, 2017
Full construction waste debris bags

Removing junk is a valuable service that's in demand in most areas. With a little advertising and referrals from satisfied customers, you should be able to start and maintain a profitable business. Construction companies, real estate agencies, hospitals, small businesses, warehouses and homeowners are just some of the potential customers in need of junk removal services.

Items you will need

  • Flatbed truck
  • Garbage bin
  • Industrial shovels
  • Rakes
  • Work gloves
  • Boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Business insurance
  • Business license
  • Junk removal permits (may vary from state to state)
  • OSHA certification (varies from state to state)

How to Start a Junk Removal Business

Step 1
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Take note of the types of junk found in your area. Drive through neighborhoods and commercial areas to see what kind of junk needs to be removed most often. Many times junk is left on curbs or in garbage bins waiting to be removed. It generally falls into the categories of construction debris, carpeting and flooring, old furniture and appliances, magazines and other recyclables, medical equipment and hazardous waste.

Step 2
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Determine what types of junk removal services to offer. Research state and local rules and regulations for junk removal and disposal. For example, you may need to complete an OSHA certification course to remove hazardous waste. Contact your local waste removal or public health agency to learn more about licensing and permits needed to operate a junk removal business.

Step 3
Construction Equipment

Rent or purchase junk removal equipment such as flatbed trucks, garbage bins, shovels, rakes and safety equipment (safety glasses, boots, work gloves).

Step 4

Contact recycling centers and refuse companies and ask for client referrals. Ask about their procedures for accepting junk after you remove it from a property.

Step 5
Part of a house with sky and rubbish

Market your services to residents, real estate agents, hospitals, construction companies and other businesses in the area that need your services.

Tips

  • Obtain the necessary permits, business licenses and insurance to build a solid client base.

Warnings

  • Bring extra safety and removal equipment to a work site because the types of junk found at each site may vary. Junk removal may be seasonal in some areas. This means some months will be busier than others.

About the Author

Based in the Washington metro area, Jessica Jones has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in business topics. Her fiction has also been featured in publications such as "The Jamaican Observer Sunday Literary Supplement" and at websites including HackWriters. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Lesley University.

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