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Rubbish Removal Prices & Cost Guide

18 September 2020

Detailed advice on what is the correct Rubbish Removal Price to Pay

Looking for advice on rubbish removal prices and what to pay for your LoveJunk clearance? Below we explain all the key factors that affect the price of a waste removal job. Then we link to lots of examples of actual collections by licensed waste carriers and how much they cost. 


Factors impacting Rubbish Removal Prices


Size - how much rubbish do you have? 

All things being equal, the more waste you have, the more you pay. When you create a listing LoveJunk, you can choose from 4 different Load Sizes. Your choice will affect what price estimate range is shown. Bear in mind that these load sizes are simplified - particularly with the larger loads. This means there is quite a lot of wiggle room as to how much rubbish or junk you have compared to other users who also specify that size. If your volume of junk is towards the larger end of your chosen Load Size, it’s likely you will need to pay a removal price nearer the top of the Price Estimate range. But, if your junk only just qualifies for your chosen Load Size, then (subject to any other factors below) the final cost should be towards the low end of the price estimate range.


Weight – how heavy is the waste?

Collectors are charged by weight (not volume) when they dispose of waste at commercial recycling facilities. If your job contains a significant proportion of very heavy, dense rubbish (eg. soil, bricks, sawdust, logs, wet leaves, concrete, gravel, carpet tiles) then expect to pay towards the top end of the removal Price Estimate range. This is because disposal cost for the collector will be relatively high for this load size. Alternatively, if your waste is all very light (eg. packaging, polystyrene, duvets, empty boxes), then disposal cost will be lower than normal for this load size. So, you should be able to pay towards the low end of the Price range. Note: the Tradesman/DIY waste option on the Create Listing page is there to identify heavier items and adjust the estimated rubbish removal price range accordingly.


Fridge or Mattress - will add to the removal price 

Fridges and mattresses (unless they can be reused) cost more to dispose of than ‘normal’ waste. This is because of what they are made of and therefore how difficult they are to recycle.  So, collectors require a premium to collect them. As a rough guide, add £15 - £25 per fridge or mattress to whatever price you would have offered if your junk did not include one.


Reuse, Resale & Valuable Junk - reduces the cost of a collection

If your waste includes material that has resale value, then feel free to offer a collection price that reflects this. A reasonable amount of metal (in particular copper and brass) will have scrap value.  So, highlighting this clearly in your listing description or additional detail section and making sure it is clearly visible in your photos, should help reduce removal price. Equally, genuinely reusable items (like a nice bike or sofa) should lead to a price towards the lower end of the range. But please bear in mind that just classifying something as 'reusable' does not magically make it valuable!


Urgency - expect to pay a premium for very quick pick-ups (unless you get lucky)

If you need rubbish removed very quickly, expect to pay towards the high end of the range unless you get lucky.  Whereas, if you’re not in a rush and have some flexibility, choose a collection date for later in the week, offer a lower price and wait to see what collectors are willing to counter offer.


Time slot and day of week - narrow or unsociable pickup windows add to the rubbish removal price

Collection time can significantly impact rubbish removal price. If you select a flexible timeslot (anytime, AM or PM) on a weekday, there should be plenty of collector interest and no premium will be required.  But, choose a weekend or Bank holiday and/or narrow timeslot and you will probably have to pay a bit more. Equally, if you select a time likely to be very popular with other customers (eg. 07:00 – 09:00 on Monday or Saturday morning ), prices may be higher because most collectors are already busy and capacity is low.


Access & Location - removal of rubbish that's easy to access will be cheaper

Easy access and location normally mean lower prices because the job takes less time to load. Difficult locations and access mean more time spent on site which increases a collector’s cost, which in turn means they will probably require prices nearer the higher end of the price range.


Solo lift - if one person can collect the price will be lower

Classifying your job as a Solo Lift means it can be undertaken by just one person.  Subject to any other factors, this means it costs less to do and therefore you can price it towards the low end of the range. Some collectors only operate as one-man teams, so ‘solo lift jobs’ can be done by a wider pool of collectors which also increases supply and therefore lowers prices.


PS. Last but not least, please try to be as honest and accurate as possible when creating listings. It’s natural to be optimistic when deciding how much you should pay for a service, but wishing your job is small, light and easy doesn’t actually make it so. Creating a listing that doesn’t reflect reality will just end up wasting both your own time and that of the collector.

How do we get to a final rubbish clearance price?

Nearby collectors get notified as you publish your listing. One will typically claim your job in seconds if you've priced it fairly. If not, they will counter offer a higher price. Getting a counter offer doesn't necessarily mean all collectors think your initial offer price is too low, but it is a good indication.

You can accept a counter offer, wait for a better one (from another collector or the same one who decides to reduce their offer), wait for someone to accept your original offer, or increase your original offer by clicking the increase price button in your listing. Increasing your offer price a bit often encourages collectors to reduce their counter offer rubbish removal price, just like haggling for something at a market.

This digital negotiation continues until a price is agreed. It takes seconds if you price fairly but longer if you like to haggle and want to find the lowest price possible.

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