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Estimating volume of larger junk and debris jobs.

For larger clean outs, you may want to set your own expectations before you get bids. Junk King uses great care with our free estimates because we honor our estimates. If we underbid a job, we take the risk. Some haulers are not as careful when estimating debris volume for their bids; they may offer a lower bid but they often charge for “overage.”

You can get a good idea of the amount of debris you need hauled away. With a couple of easy measurements and a couple of rules of thumb, you can get a reasonable estimate of volume of debris.

The algorithm is basically calcualting cubic feet of volume and then applying a constant for compaction. Some materials do not compact, such as brick or stone.

Here are 2 scenarios:

1. Demolition: Length x width x height equals cubic yards. FEMA applies a .33 constant to measure compaction. Therefore a two-story wood-frame house 30 feet long x 20 feet wide x 20 feet high is 12,000 cubic feet. Multiply by the FEMA compaction constant .33 and you get 3,960 cubic feet. Our Junk King trucks hold 480 cubic feet, so this demolition would require about 8 full trucks hauled away.

Brick wall: Length x height equals square feet of brick. You get 7 standard bricks in a square foot and you need to allow an additional 3.5% weight for mortar. Bricks weigh about 4.5 pounds each. Therefore, a square foot of bricks with mortar weighs about 33 pounds In the case of the small house, if one side is a brick skin, we have 30 feet long x 20 feet high, which equals 600 square feet x 32.5 pounds, which equals 19,500 pounds. Our trucks hold 6,000 pounds, so this brick wall requires a little more than 3 truck bedloads to haul it away.

The total demolition haul away is 8 trucks of debris and 3 truck-bedloads of brick.

2. House Cleanout: This algorithm requires the square feet of living space and the height of the debris from the floor. Let’s consider a complete clean out of a hoarder situation. The two-story house has 1,200 square feet of living space. The rooms have narrow passages that comprise about 15% of the area or 180 square feet; therefore, the area with debris is 1,020 square feet. In this scenario, let’s say the hoarder piled debris 6 feet high on the floor. The volume of the debris is 1,200 square feet x 6 feet high = 6,120 cubic feet. This job requires 12 and one half trucks.


You can use the same algorithm to calculate the volume of debris in a full garage or a room. A 20 x 20 foot garage piled 7 feet from floor to ceiling would have 2,800 cubic feet requiring about 5 and ¾ trucks.  Sometimes, we see opportunities to “compact” the debris and save the customer money.  For example, an old 8 foot tall bookcase can take up to 8 x 3 x 1.5 in volume or  36 cubic feet.  If we break it into lumber, the volume shrinks to about 6 cubic feet: a 6:1 compaction.

At Junk King, we give free estimates and honor our estimates. If we underbid the job, we take the risk. If we discover that we overbid the job, we reduce the invoice to the actual volume we haul.

If you have questions about estimating debris volume, call us and we’ll do our best to help. The advice is free. Of course, we may need to see the debris and take measurements to give an accurate bid, but we can usually get pretty close if you have the dimensions or description of the debris. We believe informed customers become satisfied customers. Check out our dumpster rentals for super convenience.

Document Shredding and Disposal — You Have Options

If you live in Fairfax County, you can take advantage of free document shredding at one of the following events:

  • July 19: Mt Vernon High School, 8515 Mt. Vernon Rd, Alexandria 22309
  • Aug. 16: Cooper Middle School, 977 Balls Hill Rd., McLean 22101
  • Sept. 20: Braddock District Governmental Center, 9002 Burke Lake Rd., Burke 22015
  • Oct. 18: Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale 22003
  • Oct. 25: Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield 22152

The events are for residents, not businesses.  You do need to be aware of some restrictions.   You cannot have:

  1. BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
  2. Plastic document covers
  3. Wet or moist paper
  4. Hanging file folders with metal support bars
  5. Metal binder clips
  6. Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
  7. Books, either hardback or paperback
  8. Credit cards
  9. Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address) 
  10. Film or photographs

Also, you will not get any certificate of destruction. Free is definitely a good price.  A regular paper shredding service can be rather pricey, but you get the certificates of destruction and the on-site destruction.  About the best you can do for price is $40 to get them to come to your site, and then you pay $10 to $25 per banker’s box. A banker’s box is roughly a cubic foot of space, so a cubic yard of files would cost you, best case, $40 plus 27 x $10 or $310.


Let’s say you have an office with a lot of paper to get rid of — 18 cubic yards (the capacity of our Junk King truck).  If you call a shredder, you’ll pay, best case, $4,900.  Junk King could haul that same paper straight to the Covanta plant where they burn it at 1,800 degrees to make electricity. We would haul that amount for $600.  Also, you don’t have spend hours pulling the files out of plastic folders and three-ring binders and such.  You can save days of your labor.

True, you don’t get a certificate, but you save days of your labor and $4,300!  For that kind of savings, you could follow our truck to Covanta to watch the paper burn.  Just saying . . .    

Comparing Bagster and Junk King for Debris Hauling

Some had to drag this debris 200 feet to the curb.

Someone had to drag this debris 200 feet to the curb.

The concept of the Bagster™ is like having a 3 cubic yard mini-dumpster, but is that solution for debris hauling right for you?

Bagsters require time and effort on your end. You purchase the Bagster at a retail store like Home Depot. You must fill the big green bag using your labor and ensure that the bag is within 16 feet of the curb so the waste hauler can reach the bag with its mechanical lift. On average, you ought to budget at least three hours to acquire and fill the bag. The Bagster hauler may charge extra or refuse to haul if you overfill the bag.  If you have stone, concrete, or dirt, you can fill only 1/3rd of the bag.  No item can exceed 4 feet in length.

The Bagster costs $30 for the bag and you pay another $79 to $249 for the pick-up (average $140) for the hauling. That comes to $60 per cubic yard. You pay the whole $180 whether the bag is full or not.

Junk King has alternatives that provide better flexibility and better pricing. We have 18 cubic yard trucks with crews to provide the labor. We discount for pre-staged debris, essential what a Bagster becomes.  Our pre-staged rate for the Bagster’s 3-cubic yard volume of construction debris is $90. That’s about half the cost of a Bagster.

Junk King also has 12-cubic yard dumpsters for rent.  Our dumpster would hold 4 Bagsters.  These dumpsters are perfect for the DIY  and small renovation. The graphite wheels make the dumpsters driveway friendly.  The cost is $350 for the dumpster and includes the first ton — normal weight for 12 cubic yards of construction debris.  To get the same volume of Bagsters you pay up to $720.  Again, our solution is more flexible and costs about half the cost of the Bagster solution.

Call us. We’ll solve your hauling challenge and save you time, money, and aggravation.

Customer Service is Key

Only 5% of Angie's List vendors earn the Super Service Award

Junk King earned Angie’s List Super Service Star for 2011, with 50+ reviews with an A average.

The junk and debris removal business is all about service: making the customer’s life easier and better. We help people reclaim their valuable space by removing all kinds of unwanted items: old furniture, appliances, mattresses, trash, yard debris, construction debris, tires, and such. We provide all the labor to remove those unwanted items so the customer can save his or her back. For example, we demo sheds and hot tubs—all those jobs that the County garbage service won’t do.
We know all the proper ways to dispose of the unwanted items. We sort the items at our warehouse. Then, we recycle, repurpose, and donate 100% of everything we haul. That’s right—100%! Nothing goes into a landfill. We are the greenest full-service junk removal service in the Washington DC Area.
We protect our clients. All our employees are carefully vetted and trained. We do not use casual or day labor. We are insured and bonded, too. Many other junk haulers cut corners in these important areas.
In addition, we provide the lowest price of any full-service junk removal service. Our trucks are bigger. Our crews are more efficient. Our recycling cuts down on dumping fees. We pass all these savings to our clients.
We are determined to keep our A Average with Angie’s List and earn their Super Service Star for 2012.

Junk King Fairfax is 100% Landfill Free!

Junk King Fairfax is now 100% landfill free. We set that goal last year. We reached 95% landfill free by June, and now in November, we’ve finally made it to 100%!

And the news gets better—we achieved our 100% landfill free goal without sacrificing any service or convenience to our clients. Moreover, we achieved our 100% landfill free goal without adding one penny of cost to our clients.
We are still full service: we haul everything but hazardous material.

Therefore, we had to find a end use for concrete, tile, porcelain, dry wall, treated lumber, dirt, paper, trash, yard debris, used furniture, e-waste, TV monitors, mattresses, tires, metal, glass, and other materials. We donate, recycle, or purpose 100% of everything we haul. Even the debris to be burned becomes electricity for Fairfax County homes.
Our 100% landfill free achievement is practical because our trained crews know how to separate debris at the job site, and further separate the debris at our warehouse. Then, we take the separated debris to the most cost efficient disposal sites where we have excellent working relationships. These end-users know that our debris is well sorted which saves them time and money. All this good will and value come back to our clients.
Therefore, we can offer our clients the greenest junk removal service and still offer King-size service with King-size savings.

Limiting the Cost of Storm Damage

After the storm, you need to clear the debris of fallen branches. You have three choices:

  1. Call a real tree removal service.
  2. Hire one of those fellows in a pick up truck going door to door.
  3. Call Junk King.

Here are the pro and cons.

If you have a tree in a potentially dangerous situation, you need to call a fully insured, licensed tree removal service.

The fellows going door to door are convenient, but they are not always adequately insured, and they often cost more than the established tree removal service.

If you simply have a big mess of debris, your best value is to call Junk King. We can usually provide same-day service at no extra cost so we are as convenient as the door-to-door crews, and we cost less. We have the tools to cut up the debris and our huge 18 cubic yard trucks can hold four times the debris than a large pick up truck. We are fully insured.

So actually, you have two choices. If you have a tree laying across your house or threatening to fall, call the experts at an established tree removal company. If you have a mess of debris to haul, call Junk King and save a bundle.  1-800-995-JUNK (5865)